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Laurence S. Moss 1944 - 2009: Academic Iconoclast, Economist and Magician

Widdy S. Ho (Guest Editor), Frederic S. Lee (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3560-6
696 pages
March 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is a memorial volume to celebrate different aspects of  the life of Laurence Moss, the scholar, economist, professor, journal editor, lawyer, magician and skeptic. Larry was the editor of the AJES from 1997 until his death on February 24, 2009 at the age of 64 years old after  a hard fought battle with cancer. This volume contains a complete listing of Larry’s publications since 1973  together with a sample syllabus of the famous course he taught at Babson College, “Scams and Frauds in Business” and his note or “day sheet”, respectively in the Appendix section. The volume is further divided into 4 sections: contributions from his colleagues and friends of Larry’s views on economics and his/her disagreements and or agreements  thereof; original papers from scholars on topics that were of interest to Larry;  Larry’s accomplishments as a lawyer, amateur magician and most of all a renowned  professor and lecturer by integrating his life long hobby, magic into his professional academic career successfully; and reprints of some of Larry’s publications. The chosen papers are a representative sample of Larry’s approach to economics and also demonstrate Larry’s open-mindedness as a scholar.  

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Frontispiece.

Acknowledgments (Widdy S. Ho).

Introduction.

Laurence Steven Moss, 1944-2009: A Biographical Sketch (James C. W. Ahiakpor).

I. REMEMBRANCE AND APPRECIATION ROUNDTABLE.

Remembering Larry Moss (Bradley W. Bateman).

Cultivating Catallactics: Laurence Moss as Scholar and Mentor (Peter J. Boettke).

Larry Moss: One of the Good Guys in Economics (David Colander).

Larry Moss: An Editorial Appreciation (Craufurd Goodwin).

Continuing a Conversation with Larry Moss (Samuel Hollander).

The Preaching Must Never Stop: Remembering Larry Moss (Roger Koppl).

Laurence Moss: A Remembrance (C. R. McCann, Jr).

Larry Moss and the Struggle Against Racism by the Whately Professors of Political Economy (Sandra J. Peart and David M. Levy).

The Case for Economic Reasoning in MBA Education Revisited (Lidija Polutnik).

Working with Larry Moss on Marjorie Grice-Hutchinson (Christopher K. Ryan).

Laurence S. Moss, 1944-2009 (Warren J. Samuels).

On Laurence Moss: Unafraid to Say the Emperor Has no Clothes (Mark Tomass).

Laurence S. Moss as a Young Scholar (Karen I. Vaughn).

II. ARGUING ECONOMICS: IN MEMORY OF LAURENCE MOSS.

Alfred Marshall and the Concept of Class (Patrik Aspers).

Richard Whately and the Gospel of Transparency (David Levy and Sandra J. Peart).

Hermeneutics and the Heidegger = Schumpeter Theses (Yuichi Shionoya).

III. LAURENCE MOSS: MAGICIAN, LAWYER, PROFESSOR.

Larry and the Feds (David Allen).

Equal Access to Justice for All (Richard McMahon).

Pick a Card . . . Any Card (Vicki L. Moss).

Laurence Moss as Exceptional Professor (Barbara Wong).

IV. SELECTED WORKS OF LAURENCE MOSS.

Isaac Butt and the Early Development of the Marginal Utility Theory of Imputation (Laurence S. Moss).

Mountifort Longfield'.s supply-and-demand theory of price and its place in the development of British economic theory (Laurence S. Moss).

Carl Menger's Theory of Exchange (Laurence S. Moss).

Film and the Transmission of Economic Knowledge: A Report (Laurence S. Moss).

Optimal jurisdictions and the economic theory of the state: Or, anarchy and one-world government are only corner solutions (Laurence S. Moss).

Hayek's Ricardo effect: a second look (Laurence S. Moss and Karen I. Vaughn).

Evolutionary Change and Marshall's Abandoned Second Volume (L. S. Moss).

The Chicago Intellectual Property Rights Tradition and the Reconciliation of Coase and Hayek-Laurence Moss  Thomas Hobbes's Influence on David Hume: The Emergence of a Public Choice Tradition (Laurence S. Moss).

Finding New Wine in Old Bottles: What Historians Must Do When Leontief Coefficients Are No Longer the Designated Drivers of Economics (Laurence S. Moss).

Ricardian economics: Reasoning about counter-intuitive tendencies when system constraints are present (Laurence S. Moss).

The American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

Hobbes and the Early Uses of Economic Method (Laurence S. Moss).

The Seligman-Edgeworth Debate about the Analysis of Tax Incidence: The Advent of Mathematical Economics, 1892-1910 (Laurence S. Moss).

The Henry George Theorem and the Entrepreneurial Process: Turning Henry George on his Head-Playing Fast and Loose with the Facts about the Writings of Malthus and the Classical School-Price Theory and the Study of Deception in the. Exchange Process (Laurence S. Moss).

Appendix I: Publications by Larry Moss.

Appendix II: Syllabus on Scams and Frauds in Business, Fall 2006.

Appendix III: Typical Day Sheet Prepared for Each Class.

Index.

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Widdy S. Ho received her Bachelor degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1977 and a degree in  Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Babson College 1979. She worked in the computer industry since her graduation and obtained her law degree at night from Suffolk University, Law School, Boston, Massachusetts.  She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1984. She established her law practice with Laurence Moss since 1989 under the name of Ho & Moss, Boston, Massachusetts.

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