The Great Society: Lessons for the Future.

First Edition of The Great Society: Lessons for the Future; Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert M. Solow

The Great Society: Lessons for the Future.

GINZBERG, Eli and Robert M. Solow.


Item Number: 43098

New York: Basic Books, 1974.

First edition of this collection of essays regarding The Great Society. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Robert M. Solow on the title page. Review copy with the slip laid in. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

Robert Merton Solow is known for his work on the theory of economic growth that culminated in the exogenous growth model named after him. He was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal (in 1961), Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (in 1987) and the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Solow, along with colleague Paul Samuelson were responsible for MIT becoming the top ranked economics department.The MIT economists were thus growthmen in two senses: in seeing growth as an absolutely central policy imperative and in seeing the theory of growth as a focus for economic research. What the MIT growthmen added was a distinctive style of analysis that made it easier to address the dominant policy concerns in tractable formal models. Solow’s (1956) model was the perfect exemplar of the MIT style. It provided the central framework for the subsequent developments in growth theory and secured MIT as the center of the universe in the golden age of growth theory in the 1960s (Boianovsky and Hoover 199-200).

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