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Guide to the Axel Leijonhufvud papers, 1953-1980 and undated

Abstract

Swedish economist, currently professor emeritus at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and professor at the University of Trento, Italy.

The papers of economist Axel Leijonhufvud date from 1953-1980 and consist of correspondence, writing, research, and lecture notes pertaining to Leijonhufvud's career as a Keynesian economist and professor. Contents range from Leijonhufvud's work at the University of Pittsburgh as a graduate student to the early years of his professorship at the University of California at Los Angeles, including a sizeable amount of written work from his time at Northwestern University as a Ph.D. candidate and lecture notes from his time at the University of Lund in Sweden. Topics in economic thought include macroeconomic theory, especially as it pertains to finance; instability and disequilibrium economics; monetary theory and policies; inflation; banking; market systems; Keynesian thought; and the history of economics in general. A few items are in Swedish.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Leijonhufvud, Axel, 1933-
Title
Axel Leijonhufvud papers 1953-1980 and undated
Language of Material
English, and Swedish
Extent
4.8 Linear Feet, Approx. 3,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The papers of economist Axel Leijonhufvud consist of correspondence, writing, research, and lecture notes pertaining to Leijonhufvud's career as a Keynesian economist and professor. Contents range from Leijonhufvud's work at the University of Pittsburgh as a graduate student to the early years of his professorship at the University of California at Los Angeles, including a sizeable amount of written work from his time at Northwestern University as a Ph.D. candidate and lecture notes from his time at the University of Lund in Sweden. Topics in economic thought include macroeconomic theory; instability and (dis)equilibrium economics; monetary theory and policies; inflation; banking; market systems; Keynesian thought; and the history of economics in general.

The Correspondence Series includes communications from notable individuals such as Armen Alchian, Robert W. Clower (co-author), Robert Dorfman, Alan G. Gowman, Bert Hoselitz, Erik Lundberg, Gunnar Myrdal, and Joan Robinson. A few items are in Swedish. The Writings and Research Series includes Leijonhufvud's master's thesis and notes, doctoral dissertation and related research, and a variety of graduate papers in addition to drafts and published pieces; there are six subseries - Axel Leijonhufvud Writings, Class Lecture Notes, Dissertation, Graduate Work, Research and Notes, and Writings by Others. Within the latter there is a sizeable amount of unpublished and later-published manuscripts by Joan Robinson, fellow economist and close colleague.

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Contents of the Collection

Includes correspondence from noteable individuals such as Armen Alchian, Robert W. Clower, Robert Dorfman, Alan G. Gowman, Bert Hoselitz, Erik Lundberg, Gunnar Myrdal, and Joan Robinson. Original folder titles have been retained.

American Economic Review, 1969-1976
Box 1
American Scandinavian Foundation, 1971-1979
Box 1
Canada Council research grant applications, 1974-1976
Box 1
Duskin Publishing Company interview, 1972
Box 1
Robert V. Eagley, 1969
Box 1
Econometrica, 1977
Box 1
Economic Journal, 1974
Box 1
Santiago Fernandes, 1964-1973
Box 1
Herschel Grossman, 1973-1974
Box 1
J. Hirshleiffer, 1975
Box 1
History of Political Economy, 1971-1975
(2 folders)
Box 1
Lynn Jensen, 1973
Box 1
Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, 1968-1973
Box 1
Journal of Political Economy, 1969-1975
Box 1
Abba P. Lerner, 1971
Box 1
Fritz Machlup, 1972
Box 1
Allan H. Meltzer, 1967
Box 1
National Science Foundation, 1970-1974
Box 1
National Science Foundation, 1976-1980
Box 1
Jürg Niehans, 1969
Box 1
Professional, A-E
Box 1
Professional, F-L
Box 1
Professional, M-R
Box 2
Professional, S-Y
Box 2
Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1973-1977
Box 2
Joan Robinson, 1966-1970
Box 2
Southern Economic Association, 1971
Box 2
Swedish Journal of Economics, 1973-1975
Box 2
Western Economic Journal, 1967-1971
Box 2
James G. Witte, 1966-1973
Box 2
Juan Urrutia, 1972-1974
Box 2
Teaching positions, 1963-1964
Box 2
Dissertation, 1964
Box 2
Dissertation, 1966-1967
Box 2
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1966-1969
Box 2
Permissions for book publication, 1968 July
Box 2
Permissions for book publication, 1968 Aug.
Box 2
Correspondence during stay in Sweden, 1968 Dec.-1969 Sept.
Box 2
Personal correspondence, 1969 Aug.-1970 Oct.
Box 2
Students, 1969-1973 and undated
Box 2
Teaching position feelers, 1972
Box 2
General memos, 1965-1973
Box 2
General memos, 1972-1974
Box 2
Comparisons, 1971-1975
Box 2

Includes papers by Leijonhufvud and others in addition to the drafts and completed manuscripts to his masters' thesis and doctoral dissertation. Also consists of lecture notes and four bound volumes of Leijonhufvud's notes during his graduate studies. Series housed in five letter-sized boxes and one legal-sized box (box 8).

This subseries includes completed graduate papers, article rough drafts, and other completed manuscripts penned by Leijonhufvud. Also includes the beginnings of a book project with Robert W. Clower entitled The Coordination of Economic Activities.

An Approach to the Study of the Formal Organization of Producers' Interests, 1962
Box 3
Autonomous and Instrumental Organizations-The Question of Control, 1961
Box 3
Coalitions and the Aggregation Problems, 1962
Box 3
Commentary on the Phillips-Curve Debate, 1973
Box 3
Comments on Douglas Rimmer: Schumpeter and the Underdeveloped Countries, 1962
Box 3
The Concepts of Goal and Foundation in Administrative Theory, 1961
Box 3
The Coordination of Economic Activities, Book Project, 1972
Box 3
Effective Demand Failures, 1972
Box 3
Income and Employment Theory, undated
Box 3
The Interdependence of Preference-Maps in the Duesenberry Theory of Consumer Behavior, 1961
Box 3
Investment Demand in Monetary Neoclassical Macroeconomic Models, 1974
Box 3
Investment Flows and the Rate of Interest: The Possibility of a 'Perverse' Mechanism, undated
Box 3
Knight's Crusonia and the Question of Diminishing Returns to Investment, undated
Box 3
Labor Service Transactions, undated
Box 3
A Note on the Interest Elasticity of Investment, 1964-1965
Box 3
Notes on Lipsey's Theory of the Phillips Relation, 1963
Box 3
Notes on Physical Capital and the Metastatic Model, 1962
Box 3
Notes on the Rate of Interest in the Stationary State, 1963
Box 3
Notes on the Theory of Industrial Expansion, 1961-1963
Box 3
Notes on the Theory of Markets, undated
Box 3
On Keynesian Economics and the Economics of Keynes, 1967
Box 3
Problems in the Theory of the Firm: The Profit-Maximizing Hypothesis, 1960
Box 3
The Rate of Investment in Indivisible Projects at Alternative Rates of Discount, 1962
Box 3
The Report of the Commission on Money and Credit: A Review, 1961
Box 3
The Theory of Industrial Expansion-A Look in Pandora's Box, 1963-1964
Box 3
Say's Principle, What it Means and Doesn't Mean: Parts I and II, undated
Box 3
Schumpeter's Theory of Interest: The Controversy with Böhm-Bawerk, undated
Box 3
Stereotypes and the Aggregation of Interests, 1961
Box 3
Writings in Swedish, 1958-1959
Box 3

Chiefly from undergraduate classes taught by Leijonhufvud at the University of California at Los Angeles. Also includes one folder of materials from a class taught at the Economics Institute at the University of Colorado. Materials include syllabi, exams, handouts, and personal notes dealing with the material. Most folders contain notes from several semesters. Certain folders contain student seating charts for certain semesters.

Economics 100B
Box 4
Economics 102
Box 4
Economics 105: Introduction to Macrodynamics
(2 folders)
Box 4
Economics 135: Money and Banking
Box 4
Economics 195: Principles of International Trade
Box 4
Economics 196
Box 4
Economics 197: International Finance
Box 4
Economics 202A: Income, Employment, and Monetary Theory
Box 4
Economics 202B: Income, Employment, and Monetary Theory
Box 4
Economics 202C: Income, Employment, and Monetary Theory
Box 4
Economics Institute: Macroeconomic Theory, 1972
Box 4
UCLA professorship paperwork
Box 4

Materials related to Leijonhufvud's doctoral dissertation completed at Northwestern University in 1968. Includes two initial printings of the dissertation and two complete copies of the final printing. The dissertation would become Leijonhufvud's first published book, On Keynesian Economics and the Economics of Keynes: A Study in Monetary Theory (1968).

Early work
Box 4
Proposal
Box 4
Chapter 1 draft
Box 4
Chapter 2 draft
Box 5
Chapter 3 draft
Box 5
Chapter 4 draft
Box 5
Chapter 5 draft and postscript
Box 5
Unused material
Box 5
Notes
(4 folders)
Box 5
Final draft of dissertation
(First copy)
Box 5
Final draft of dissertation
(Second copy)
Box 6
Annotated dissertation: Volume I
Box 6
Completed dissertation: Volume I
(2 volumes)
Box 6
Completed dissertation: Volume II
(1 volume)
Box 6
Completed dissertation: Volume II
(1 volume)
Box 7

Consists of work produced during his time at the University of Pittsburgh for graduate studies. The bound volumes at the end of the subseries are four notebooks which contain a chronological collection of graduate notes, writings, and handouts.

Proposal for Masters thesis, 1961
Box 7
Masters thesis draft, 1961
(2 folders)
Box 7
Masters thesis manuscript, 1961
Box 7
Graduate papers, 1960-1961
Box 7
Bound volumes of Leijonhufvud's graduate studies notes and papers
(4 volumes)
Box 7

Includes research used in drafts such as "Commentary on the Phillips-Curve Debate," as well as other notes over the span of the collection dates.

Phillips Curves
Box 8
Rent Control
Box 8
Miscellaneous notes
Box 8
Ph.D. notes
Box 8

Subseries includes a number of drafts sent to Leijonhufvud by colleagues. The issue of Business Week includes an article on Keynesian economists, including Leijonhufvud. Econoblast is a monthly publication by the graduate students of Northwestern University. Writings from Joan Robinson include both published and unpublished manuscripts.

Business Week, 1975 May 12
Box 8
Robert W. Clower, The Keynesian Paradigm: An Attempt at Reconstruction, 1971
Box 8
Econoblast, 1965 Dec.
Box 8
Peter W. Howitt, Studies in the Theory of Monetary Dynamics, 1973
Box 8
Thomas Mayer, The Interest Rate Snap-Back and its Implication for the Keynesian Quantity Theory Dispute, 1974
Box 8
Bertil Ohlin, 1933 and 1977-Some Expansion Policy Problems in Cases of Unbalanced Domestic and International Economic Relations, 1977
Box 8
Joan Robinson, On Re-Reading Marx, 1953
Box 8
Joan Robinson, other writings
Box 8
Thomas R. Saving, Outside Money, Inside Money, and the Real Balance Effect, undated
Box 8
Unidentified author, The Aggregative Structure of Keynes' General Theory, undated
Box 8

Historical Note

Swedish economist, currently professor emeritus at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and professor at the University of Trento, Italy. Leijonhufvud's main areas of academic research include economic theory, monetary theory, and the history of economic doctrines.

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1933Born in Stockholm, Sweden
1960Received B.A., University of Lund (now Lund University)
1961Received M.A., University of Pittsburgh
1964Becomes Acting Assistant Professor, Economics Department, University of California in Los Angeles
1967Received Ph.D. in Economics, Northwestern University
1967Appointed Assistant Professor at UCLA
1968Publishes On Keynesian Economics and the Economics of Keynes: A Study in Monetary Theory
1971Accepts Full Professorship at UCLA
1983Awarded an honoris causa doctoral degree, University of Lund (now Lund University)
1991-1997Founder and Director of the Center for Computable Economics at UCLA
2000Publishes Macroeconomic Instability and Coordination: Selected Essays (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar)
2004-2008Professor of Monetary Theory and Policy, University of Trento in Italy
2007-2011Wrote over a dozen articles for the Council of Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and VoxEU on the recent fiscal crises of the European Union

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Axel Leijonhufvud Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Axel Leijonhufvud papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Carrie Mills, May 2011.

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Carrie Mills, April 2013.

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1997-0027.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.