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Guide to the Thomas Mayer Papers, 1950s-2014

Summary

Thomas Mayer was an American economist (1927-2015) known for his work in economic methodology and monetary policy. His papers include published works and drafts of his writings and research and a small amount of correspondence between him and other economists. A portion of this collection is born-digital material, which is not yet available for research.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11374
Title
Thomas Mayer papers
Date
1950s-2010s
Creator
Mayer, Thomas, 1927-2015
Extent
2.0 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The papers held in this collection consist largely of Mayer's writings, in both final and draft form, which span his professional career from the 1950s until the 2010s. There is a small amount of printed correspondence, including notable economists Milton Friedman, Roger Backhouse, and others. The bulk of the collection consists of born-digital materials, which contain both electronic drafts and email correspondence. As of January 2017, this material is not yet available for research. Contact Research Services with questions about accessing that portion of the collection.

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Writings, 1953-2013 and undated

A portion of Mayer's many articles and published works are represented in this series, which include both final versions (some photocopies, some offprints) as well as drafts and research for various articles. Subjects include monetary policy, bank regulation, ethics, methodology, and other topics in economics. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Banking Systems, 1982

Encyclopedia entry

Box 1
China's Financial Reform and Monetary Policy: Issues and Strategies, 1996 Dec.

Published by The 1990 Institute

Box 1
El debate de la politica monetarista: Una retrospectiva informal, 2003

Published by CLM Economia

Box 1
A Defense of Limited Interventionism, 1962

Draft

Box 1
In Defense of Inconsistency, undated

Typescript

Box 1
Disclosing Monetary Policy, 1987

Photocopy of Monograph Series in Finance and Economics

Box 1
Dishonesty in Economics, undated (2010?)

Draft

Box 1
The Distributional Effects of Interest Rate Ceilings on Time and Savings Deposits, 1982 Aug.

Working paper

Box 1
Do Changes in Asset Prices Denote Changes in Wealth?, 2000 and undated

Drafts

Box 1
The Failure of the New Economics, 1959

Offprint

Box 1
"A Fairy Tale" by Anon Ymous, undated

Typescript

Box 1
The Great Depression and History Textbooks, 1997

Drafts

Box 1
Honesty and Integrity in Econometrics, 2012 and undated

Drafts

Box 1
How Fast Does Inflation Adjust to its Underlying Determinants?, 1981

Published by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Box 1
Ideology, Objectivity, and Fairness, undated

Drafts and research

Box 1
Impact of Budget Proposals on Income Maintenance Programs, 1985 Feb. 14

Statement by Mayer during Hearings before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives

Box 1
Inconsistency and Slippery Slopes: In Defense of Whimpery, 1997

Drafts

Box 1
Inflation Article (Chinese translation), 1994

Published in Management World

Box 1
The Influence of Friedman's Methodological Essay, 2004 and undated

Drafts and research

Box 1
Input Lead Times for Capital Coefficients, 1953 Dec. 22

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Office of Chief Economist

Box 1
Interest Rate Deregulation and Monetary Policy, undated

Comments by Mayer at Asilomar Conference

Box 1
A Justification of Inconsistency, undated

Typescript

Box 1
Letter to the editor, 1971 May 22

Published in Business Week

Box 1
The Measuring of Monetary Aggregates, undated

Typescript

Box 1
Methodology of Methodology, undated

Draft

Box 1
Misinterpreting a Failure to Disconfirm as Confirmation: A Recurrent Misreading of Significance Tests, undated

Drafts

Box 1
Monetary Control and the Membership Problem, 1978

Statement by Mayer during Hearings before the Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs

Box 1
Money Stock versus Interest Rates as the Intermediate Target, undated

Photocopy

Box 1
The Need for a Federal Reserve Commitment, 1981 Jul. 29

Photocopy of American Banker

Box 1
On the Usefulness of Economics, 1997 Sept.

Published by Policy Options Politiques

Box 1
Plant and Equipment Lead Times, 1960 April

Offprint

Box 1
Policy Simulations with Economic Models, 1989 Dec.

Published by Methodus

Box 1
Portfolio Regulations and Policies of Financial Intermediaries, 1962 Aug.

Photocopy of Private Financial Institutions text

Box 1
Proposed discussion forum on Methodologies, undated

For INEM

Box 1
Reddito e propensione al risparmio, 1967 Oct.

Published in Mecurio

Box 1
Regulatory Goals for Financial Intermediaries, 1971

Photocopy

Box 1
Remembering Mark Blaug, 2013

Photocopy

Box 1
Reply to Questions, 1982 Dec. 30

Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the U.S.

Box 1
Risk and Regulation in Banking: Some Proposals for Federal Deposit Insurance Reform, 1971 May

Offprint

Box 1
Shifting to Indirect Controls (Chinese translation), 1994 Jul.

Published in Economic Research Center of the State Planning Commission

Box 1
Should Large Banks be Allowed to Fail?, 1975 Nov.

Reprint

Box 1
The Status of the Monetarist Debate in the US: An Evaluation, 1985

Photocopy

Box 1
Testimony of Thomas Mayer before the Assembly, 1979 Jun. 6

Given to the Finance, Insurance, and Commerce Committee

Box 1
Trade Credits and the Discriminating Effects of Monetary Policy, 1966 Jun.

National Banking Review reprint

Box 1
Truth versus Precision in Economics, 1993

Reviews

Box 1
Using the Constitution to Fight Inflation, 1979 Nov. 29

American Banker photocopy

Box 1
Ziliak and McCloskey's Criticism of Significance Tests: As Assessment, 2012 and undated

Drafts

Box 1
Assorted notes and various theories, undated
Box 1
Binder with photocopied writings, assorted, 1950s-1970s
(4 folders)

Binder (now disbound into 4 folders) assembled by Mayer with reprints, photocopies, and other miscellaneous articles (appendices) written by him or used by him in research.

Box 2
Ethics and Integrity in Economics (AIRLEAP), 2007 and undated

Correspondence and drafts from Association administration by Mayer

Box 2
Contracts and agreements, 1980s

Photocopies of Mayer's book contracts; incomplete

Box 2

2. Writings by Others, 1957-2003 and undated

This series includes articles collected or sent to Mayer, as well as some articles accompanied by his comments and responses. Items are arranged alphabetically by author's name.

Comments on "Microfoundational Programs," no author known, undated
Box 1
Review of Larry Boland: "The Foundations of Economic Method: The Hidden Agenda of Mainstream", undated
Box 1
Geoffrey Brennan: "Life in the Putty-Knife Factory", 2003
Box 1
Bruce Caldwell: "Does Methodology Matter? How Should it be Practiced?", undated
Box 1
Milton Friedman: "How to give Monetarism a Bad Name", 1983
Box 1
Comments on K. Marwah: "Yet Another Look at Liquidity Trap", undated
Box 1
Interview of Mayer in The Margin, 1988 Mar. 10
Box 1
Comment on G. Tintner's "An Input-Output Model and Other Economic Studies for Austria," Economic Society Meeting, Philadelphia, 1957
Box 1
Hans-Michael Trautwein: Thomas Mayer biography, 1994 Apr. 12
Box 1
John Tukey: "The Philosophy of Multiple Comparisons", undated
Box 1
Correspondence files, 1971-2014 and undated
(6 folders)

Includes letters between Mayer and fellow economists, including Milton Friedman, Roger Backhouse, Tim Congdon, and others. Letters are filed loosely by date.

Box 2
 

Historical Note

Thomas Mayer (January 18, 1927 – June 12, 2015) was an American economist who was professor of economics at the University of California, Davis. He previously taught at West Virginia University, the University of Notre Dame, Michigan State University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

He is known for his work in monetary policy and economic methodology. Mayer received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1953.


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Provenance

The Thomas Mayer Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Ben Saalfeld, Dec. 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0266