Frank Knight and the Chicago School: The Role of Economic Uncertainty

By Dr. Arthur M. Diamond, Jr.
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The Great Economic Thinkers Series

2.80 Hours 01/15/2006 unabridged
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Frank Knight (1885–1972) fathered the famous Chicago School of Economics, whose members are among the most decorated in history. An abstract theorist, Knight emphasized the role of risk and uncertainty in economic affairs, and was philosophically concerned with such topics as means vs. ends, economics as a study of human nature, and human communication. Although Knight did not create a systematic economic theory, his keen critical eye and his biting wit make him one of the most colorful and provocative of all the great economists. The Great Economic Thinkers Series is a collection of cassette presentations that explain, in understandable language, the major ideas of history’s most important economists. Special emphasis is placed on each thinker’s attitude toward capitalism, revealing their influence in today’s debate on economic progress and prosperity.

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Frank Knight (1885–1972) fathered the famous Chicago School of Economics, whose members are among the most decorated in history. An abstract theorist, Knight emphasized the role of risk and uncertainty in economic affairs, and was philosophically concerned with such topics as means vs. ends, economics as a study of human nature, and human communication. Although Knight did not create a systematic economic theory, his keen critical eye and his biting wit make him one of the most colorful and provocative of all the great economists.

The Great Economic Thinkers Series is a collection of cassette presentations that explain, in understandable language, the major ideas of history’s most important economists. Special emphasis is placed on each thinker’s attitude toward capitalism, revealing their influence in today’s debate on economic progress and prosperity.

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Author Bio: Dr. Arthur M. Diamond Jr.

Dr. Arthur M. Diamond Jr. is a professor of economics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His past research has been on the economics of science, history of economic thought, and labor economics. He has published articles on the contributions to the economics of science and technology of Edwin Mansfield, Zvi Griliches, and George Stigler. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 2.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English