Book review of: M. Skousen, The Big Three in Economics [Book Review]

Liberty (July):43-44 (2009)
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This essay is my review of economist Mark Skousen’s book, The Big Three in Economics. In it, he discusses the economic work of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes. He gives even-handed treatments of the major contributions of each, for example, Smith’s reputation refutation of mercantilist policies and Smith’s crucial insight into the role that division of labor plays in economic growth. My only complaint is that Skousen doesn’t adequately explain his choice of Marx as a great economist. What enduring contributions did he make to the field? Why name him rather than (say) David Ricardo?
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