Robert Louis Heilbroner – USA (1919 – 2005)

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Robert Heilbroner (March 24, 1919 – January 4, 2005) was an American economist and historian of economic thought. The author of some twenty books, Heilbroner was best known for The Worldly Philosophers (1953), a survey of the lives and contributions of famous economists, notably Adam Smith, and Karl Marx, and and John Maynard Keynes … (full long text).

His homepage at the New School for Social Research.

listen the video: Robert Heilbroner 1999, (he) dicusses Economics and his major book “The Worldly Philosophers”, 59 min, added on the web on 29 Jan 2007.


Robert Louis Heilbroner – USA

Robert Heilbroner, Writer and Economist, Dies at 85, January 21, 2005.

Robert Heilbroner, the bestselling writer of economics, died early this month at the age of 85. He and John Kenneth Galbraith may well have sold more economics books than all other economists combined. Alas, their talents lay more in the writing than the economics. Heilbroner was an outspoken socialist; if only a libertarian could write an introductory book on economics that could – like Heilbroner’s The Worldly Philosophers – sell 4 million copies … (full text, January 21, 2005).

He writes: Socialism—defined as a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production—was the tragic failure of the twentieth century. Born of a commitment to remedy the economic and moral defects of capitalism, it has far surpassed capitalism in both economic malfunction and moral cruelty. Yet the idea and the ideal of socialism linger on. Whether socialism in some form will eventually return as a major organizing force in human affairs is unknown, but no one can accurately appraise its prospects who has not taken into account the dramatic story of its rise and fall … (full text in The Concise Encyclopedia of Ecnomics).

his biography: on wikipedia; on his homepage (scroll down); on The School of Cooperative Individualism.

Find him and his publications: on alibris; on amazon; on the history of economic thought, (its homepage); on wikipedia; on Google Videos-search; on Google Books-search; and Google INAUTHOR Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Groups-search; on Google Blogs-search.

Can only be bought, not listened for free: 21st Century Video Series, In this 6-part series, Robert Heilbroner, distinguished economist and author, and Richard Paul discuss the economic prospects for the U.S. in the 21st century as they bear on education and preparation for the future. Heilbroner and Paul discuss such issues such as:

  • Critical Thinking and Educational Reform;
  • Robert Reich’s analysis of the U.S. economic future;
  • Individualistic vs. communitarian forms of capitalism;
  • The capacity of the U.S. educators to adapt to change;
  • The qualities of a critical thinking work force.

… (full text).


Find on wikipedia (no political affiliation mentionned): a list of economists, a list of politicians with economics training, a list of think tanks (by country);

Debt reduction a better path in long run, April 1, 2008;

A Book of Big Names in Economics, and Only One Makes It to the Cover, March 9, 2008, a 1472-page economics text;


A Future of Capitalism: The Economic Vision of Robert Heilbroner, by Keaney M, 1998.

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