The question we propose to address is how did economics move from the classical period characterized by the hardest possible doctrine of initial human homogeneity—all the observed differences among people arise from incentives, luck, and history1—to become comfortable with accounts of human behavior which alleged foundational differences among and within races of people? (Darity 1995) In this paper, we shall argue that early British eugenics thinkers racialized economics in the post-classical period.2
Copyright © 2003 Cambridge University Press. This article first appeared in Journal of the History of Economic Thought 25:3 (2003), 261-288.
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Peart, Sandra J., and David M. Levy. "Denying Human Homogeneity: Eugenics & The Making of Post-Classical Economics." Journal of the History of Economic Thought 25, no. 03 (2003): 261-88. doi:10.1080/1042771032000114728.