- Robert M. Solow (1985), "Economic History and Economics", American Economic Review 75:2 (May), pp. 328-331 http://www.jstor.org/stable/1805620
- Kenneth J. Arrow (1985), "Maine and Texas", American Economic Review 75:2 (May), pp. 320-323 http://www.jstor.org/stable/1805618
- Isaac Asimov (1953), Second Foundation (New York: Gnome Press), chapter 8 http://tinyurl.com/dl2014014b
(1) Robert M. Solow (1985), "Economic History and Economics":
You could drop a modern economist from a time machine--a helicopter, maybe, like the one that drops the money--at any time, in any place, along with his or her personal computer; he or she could set up in business without even bothering to ask what time and which place. In a little while, the up-to-date economist will have maximized a familiar-looking present-value integral, made a few familiar log-linear approximations, and run the obligatory familiar regression. The familiar coefficients will be poorly determined, but about one-twentieth of them will be significant at the 5 percent level, and the other nineteen do not have to be published... the data are just barely consistent with your thesis adviser's hypothesis that money is neutral (or nonneutral, take your choice) everywhere and always, modulo an information asymmetry, any old information asymmetry, don't worry, you'll think of one. All right, so I exaggerate. You will recognize the kernel of truth.... Of course there are holdouts against this routine, bless their hearts...