Ross Emmett


The Elgar Companion to the Chicago School of Economics (2010)

  • Ross Emmett’s Role: Editor and author of several entries
  • Published by Edward Elgar

Frank Knight and the Chicago School in American Economics (2009)

  • Ross Emmett’s Role: Author
  • Forewords by Warren J. Samuels and A.M.C. Waterman
  • Published by Routledge (Routledge Studies in the History of Economics)

Knight occupies a paradoxical place in the history of Chicago economics: vital to the tradition’s teaching of price theory and the twentieth-century re-articulation of the defense of free enterprise and liberal democracy, yet a critic (in advance) of the empirical and methodological orientation that has characterized Chicago economics and the rest of the discipline in the post-war period, and skeptical of liberalism’s prospects. In the course of his investigation of Knight’s work, Emmett has written not only about Knight’s economics and philosophy, the nature of Chicago economics, and Knight’s place in the Chicago tradition, but also about the application of hermeneutic theory to the history of economics, the relation of the history of economic thought to the discipline of economics, and the relation between economics and religion.

The Biographical Dictionary of American Economists (2006)

  • 2 volume set
  • Ross Emmett’s Role: General Editor and author of the introduction and several entries
  • Published by Thoemmes Continuum

All the major schools of American economic thought are represented, ranging from the Constitutional school to the Keynesian and the Chicago School. A significant number of the subjects are female, including figures such as Anna Schwartz, Mabel Timlin, Mabel Newcomer, Margaret Gilpin Reid, Rose Friedman and Elizabeth Boody Schumpeter, highlighting the role that women have played in the development of American economic thought. Individually, the entries capture important and often overlooked contributions to the development of economic thought in America; collectively, they encapsulate the rich diversity of that thought and the influences that have been at play on America economic thinking over four centuries.

The Chicago Tradition in Economics 1892-1945

  • 8 volume collection of essays by Chicago economists
  • Ross Emmett’s Role: Editor and author of the introduction and brief biographies
  • Published by Routledge (Routledge Library of 20th Century Economics)

The home of more Nobel Laureates than any other institution, the University of Chicago has a unique place in the development of economics, fostering the work of some of the most influential and controversial economists of the twentieth century, including Frank Knight, Milton Friedman and Gary Becker. The collection traces the development of Chicago Economics to the end of the Second World War, after which the post-war Chicago School was launched. Each volume focuses on an individual, or group of individuals who made distinctive contributions.

Great Bubbles: Reactions to the South Sea Bubble, the Mississippi Scheme and the Tulip Mania Affair

  • 3 volume collection
  • Ross Emmett’s Role: Editor and author of the “General Introduction”
  • Published by Pickering & Chatto

Periods of euphoria followed by sudden crashes are a familiar phenomenon in economics. Such events have become known as “bubbles”. These volumes bring together an interdisciplinary set of writings about the impact and legacy of three of the most colorful bubbles — the Tulip Mania of 1636-37, John Law’s Mississippi Scheme of 1718-1720 and the South Sea Bubble of the same period.

  • “This three-volume work provides an excellent compilation of original and analytical material on three classic examples of bubbles. For those wishing to explore the original documents on bubbles, these volumes provide an excellent entree to the literature available in the English language.” Phillip Caruso and Virginia Paganelli Caruso, Business Economics
  • “… the collection of essays and primary sources edited by Emmett is particularly helpful for those seeking to move beyond the platitudes of the business pages and investigate this topic in a more scholarly manner… the best coverage is given to the South Sea Bubble, and documents include detailed economic analyses, satirical observations such as Defoe’s The anatomy of exchange alley, poetical lamentations from Pope and Swift, and moralizing condemnations from Trenchard and Gordon.” – Maxine Berg and Scott Breuninger, Economic History Review

Selected Essays by Frank H. Knight (1999)

  • 2 volumes: Vol. 1: “What is truth” in Economics?; Vol. 2: Laissez Faire: Pro and Con
  • Ross Emmett’s Role: Editor and author of the introduction
  • Published by University of Chicago Press
  • The first collection of Knight’s essays to offer a comprehensive picture of the work of the “economist qua philosopher” who was the dominant influence in the University of Chicago’s economics department from the 1930s to the 1960s, teaching Milton Friedman, George Stigler and others who were central to the emerging “Chicago School of Economics.” These essays illustrate Knight’s views on the central debates regarding economics, social science, ethics, education, and modern liberalism.