Geschiedenis van het economisch denken is een belangrijk vak, al was het alleen om mee te kunnen doen met TV-spelletjes. Voor wie nog niets weet schreef John Creedy een bij vlagen extreem grappige inleiding in 1 les [pdf]. Citaat:
Some historians see the history of economics in terms of a series of revolutions. This may have something to do with the observation that many economists have spent their professional lives going round in circles, and some of them were indeed quite revolting.
The physiocrats also recognised the important principle that what goes in must come out, but they were not able to invert a matrix, so further development of this insight had to wait another 150 years when it was later reinvented as input-output analysis.
Voor wie dit nog allemaal te lang duurt, is er ook deze kernachtige geschiedenis-in-vier-minuten:
3. The Mercantilists: They said that exports are good, imports are bad. What idiots!