Finding Equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the Problem of Scientific Credit

Till Dübbe and E. Roy Weintraub
Princeton University Press
2014

Telling the story behind the proof of the central theorem in economics, economics professor Weintraub and his co-author consider the changing nature of the scientific community and the connections between the personal and public rewards of scientific work. While Kenneth Arrow and Gerard Debreu would later go on to win separate Nobel prizes in economics, Lionel McKenzie would never receive it.

Based on recently opened archives, the authors covers the complex interplay between each man’s personal life and work, and examines compelling ideas about scientific credit, publication, regard for different research institutions, and the awarding of Nobel prizes. Instead of asking whether recognition was rightly or wrongly given, and who were the heroes or villains, the book considers attitudes toward intellectual credit and strategies to gain it vis-à-vis the communities that grant it. Telling the story behind the proof of the central theorem in economics, Finding Equilibrium sheds light on the changing nature of the scientific community and the critical connections between the personal and public rewards of scientific work.

Finding Equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the Problem of Scientific Credit