From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Tue Feb 06 2007 - 10:58:15 EST
"I have been primarily a theorist all my life and feel quite uncomfortable in having to preach the historians faith. Yet I have arrived at the conclusion that theoretical equipment, if uncomplemented by a thorough grounding in the history of the economic process, is worse than no theory at all." - Joseph A. Schumpeter, in a letter to Edna Lonegan, a student at Brooklyn College, dated 1 February 1942, in Ulrich Hedtke & Richard Swedberg (eds), Joseph A. Schumpeter. Briefe/Letters (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2000), pp. 339-340. Quoted by Thomas K. McCraw, "Schumpeter's Business Cycles as Business History". Business History Review, vol. 80 no. 2 (Summer 2006), pp. 231-261 (The quote is on pp. 260-261).
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