Paul A. Samuelson
is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1970 he became the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Economics. His landmark 1947 book, Foundations of Economic Analysis
, based upon his Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard University, established him as “the economists’ economist” by raising the standards of the entire profession. Paul Samuelson's classic textbook, Economics
, first published in 1948, is among the most successful textbooks ever published in the field.
William A. Barnett is Oswald Distinguished Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Kansas. He is Editor of the monograph series International Symposia in Economic Theory and Econometrics, and Editor of the journal, Macroeconomic Dynamics. He has published 17 books and over 130 articles in professional journals.
Coeditor's Foreword: Reflections on How Biographies of Individual Scholars Can Relate to a Science's Biography (Paul A. Samuelson).
Coeditor's Preface: An Overview of the Objectives and Contents of the Volume (William A. Barnett).
History of Thought Introduction: Economists Talking with Economists, An Historian's Perspective (E. Roy Weintraub).
1. An Interview with Wassily Leontief (Interviewed by Duncan K. Foley).
2. An Interview with David Cass (Interviewed jointly by Stephen E. Spear and Randall Wright).
3. An Interview with Robert E. Lucas, Jr. (Interviewed by Bennett T. McCallum).
4. An Interview with János Kornai (Interviewed by Olivier Blanchard).
5. An Interview with Franco Modigliani (Interviewed by William A. Barnett and Robert Solow).
6. An Interview with Milton Friedman (Interviewed by John B. Taylor).
7. An Interview with Paul A. Samuelson (Interviewed by William A. Barnett).
8. An Interview with Paul A. Volcker (Interviewed by Perry Mehrling).
9. An Interview with Martin Feldstein (Interviewed by James M. Poterba).
10. An Interview with Christopher A. Sims (Interviewed by Lars Peter Hansen).
11. An Interview with Robert J. Shiller (Interviewed by John Y. Campbell).
12. An Interview with Stanley Fischer (Interviewed by Olivier Blanchard).
13. An Interview with Jacques Drèze (Interviewed by Pierre Dehez and Omar Licandro).
14. An Interview with Thomas J. Sargent (Interviewed by George W. Evans and Seppo Honkapohja).
15. An Interview with Robert Auman (Interviewed by Sergiu Hart).
16. Conversations with James Tobin and Robert Shiller on the "Yale Tradition" in Macroeconomics (Conducted by David Colander).