Lekachman, Robert
August 1953
New Republic;8/10/53, Vol. 129 Issue 2, p21
The article focuses on the book Economic Change, by Simon Kuznets. Some instinct, perhaps of survival, has been at work among economists in the last few months. Readers have had collections of essays written by John Williams, a reluctant theorist, and by Roy Harrod, an eager theorist. Before them are a group of short pieces by Simon Kuznets whose fame derives from his statistical rather than his theoretical contributions to economics. His reputation does him an injustice, as these essays prove once more, for in them as in his other published work, Kuznets combines the tremendous technical virtuosity for which he is justly celebrated with keen theoretical insight into the sociological and philosophical implications of his economic devices. The essays themselves cover a wide range of subjects, among them business cycles, national income and economic growth.


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