Mainstream Mathematical Economics in the 20th Century

  • PierCarlo Nicola

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Prolegomena

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  3. The Founding Years: 1900–1949

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  4. Extensions, Finesses, and Formalism: 1950 on

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 469-521

About this book


To write everything about nothing, or to write nothing about everything: this is the problem. (Anonym, circa 1996-97) The first idea to write a book on M athematical Economics, more or less ordered in a historical sequence, occurred to me in 1995, when I was asked, by Istituto delta Enciclopedia Italiana, to write the entry "Storia dell'economia 1 2 matematica" , for the collective work "Storia deI XX Secolo". I thought that it would be interesting to elaborate on the text presented to the editors, to turn it into a book aiming at giving a panorama of what, in my opinion, are the main 20th century contributions to mathematical eco­ nomics. Of course, only a narrow set of the contributions made by economic theorists could be included, both for space limitations and necessity, because 3 of the limited competence of any single author. For instance, I have paid very limited attention to what is now called Macroeconomics, and also to Game Theory, which actually has grown so much as to acquire scientific in­ dependence as a living branch of applied mathematics. For the same reason, I have also left completely untouched such fields as Mathematical Finance, Public Economics, Theory of Taxation, etc. I have always based my presentation on published material only, assuming that what is contained in working papers still waits to be confirmed, possibly in the first years of the 21th century.


Geschichte der mathematischen Ökonomie Mathematical economics Mathematische Ökonomie Volterra agents calculus economic theory game theory history of mathematical economics linear optimization modeling ökonomische Theorie

Authors and affiliations

  • PierCarlo Nicola
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of MilanoMilanoItaly

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08638-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04238-0
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