There had never been any doubt that the special perspective of the Archiv was to explore the changes in modern capitalism and their impact on the working class.
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Dmitriev, has regained prominence in the modern post-Sraffian debates on the labor theory of value and a long-period analysis of the prices of production. The interdisciplinary character and emphasis on the unity of the social sciences had been an essential characteristic at Heidelberg social sciences already before World War I, a tradition not only kept but even strengthened after the foundation of the Institute for Social and State Sciences during the years of the Weimar Republic. It was personified in two directors: Alfred Weber and Emil Lederer. Lederer had played a key role in the editorship of the Archiv since he had become secretary to the editors in and general secretary Schriftleiter in In until Lederer became the managing editor.
He was convinced that important dynamic changes in economy and society also include factors that fall into the areas of law, political science, sociology, history, psychology, and engineering. Including these factors was considered necessary in order to raise economics into a genuine social science and away from being a series of hypotheticals.
Lederer wrote the book after having the experience that in Germany, Austria, and some other European countries, degraded and disoriented segments of the middle classes had become breeding places of fascism, whereas the United States of America was an ultracapitalist country that did not pervert to fascism. Lederer was less strict with regard to the view that theoretical economics should not take a political stance than was his Viennese fellow student and associate editor of the Archiv, Joseph Schumpeter, who remained thoroughly Weberian in his position on keeping value judgments out of theoretical economics.
Also among the outstanding papers published in the Archiv during this period is the Ph. The thesis which was finalized at the Kiel Institute but submitted to the University of Berlin and refereed by Sombart and Bortkiewicz. This reflects the characteristic openness of his editorial policy. Whereas Friederich Hayek published an article on the problem of interest theory in , Ludwig von Mises published no fewer than ten articles in the period —, the most famous of which was the paper in which he elaborated the thesis that economic calculation in a socialist commonwealth is impossible because there is no price formation on free markets.
Among the many excellent students Lederer had at the University of Heidelberg, the most outstanding one was Jacob Marschak — Marschak had already been secretary of labor in the regional government of the short-lived Terek Republic, led by Menshevists and Social Revolutionaries, before he emigrated to Germany in January After his second emigration from Nazi Germany in , he became the founding director of the Oxford Institute of Statistics in , professor at the New School —42 , and director of the Cowles Commission at Chicago in The Archiv also published pathbreaking articles in the development of new disciplines, including political science and political sociology.
In great part this was linked to the defense of the new democratic republics, which were established in Germany and Austria after World War I.
On the other hand, it is remarkable that most of the leading contemporary economists had a much broader view of economics being integrated in the social sciences than the great majority of modern mainstream economists, who favor abstract mathematical models, often based on irrelevant assumptions, or narrow microeconometric studies.
A good case in point is Marschak, who later directed the Cowles Commission from —48, under which significant contributions to the mathematization and econometrization of economics after World War II were made. These studies show the genuine character of the Archiv, essentially following an approach favoring the unity of the social sciences. That Social Research should be regarded as the legitimate successor of the Archiv for Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik is demonstrated not only in the spirit of its approach but in the fact that among the authors in its first volume—published in , the year immediately following the close of the Archiv , when its editorial staff was forced to flee Germany — we find Lederer, Colm, and Neisser, and along with them not only Mark Mitnitzky, Albert Salomon, and Hans Speier, but also many authors who had contributed to the last two volumes of the Archiv and who went on to appear again and again in the pages of Social Research.
For the role that refugee economists from continental Europe played in the rise of American economics, see Hagemann Blomert, R. Heidelberger Sozial-und Staatswissenschaften. Marburg: Metropolis. Bortkiewicz, L.
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