Steven Medema

Steven Medema is a Research Professor in the Department of Economics and Associate Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. His books include The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas (2009) and The Economics Book: From Xenophon to Cryptocurrency, 250 Milestones in the History of Economics (2019).

Looks Can Be Deceiving: Ronald Coase and the Chicago School

Ronald Coase is typically thought of as one of the Chicago School’s brightest lights. But Coase’s relationship with Chicago was always an...

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The Social Responsibility of Business Includes Profits

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Academic Gatekeepers, Real and Imagined, Are Threatening the Credibility of the Field of Political Finance 


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Plagues Upon the Earth: How Wealth Intersects With Mortality

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