Economists and Eugenics: Progressive Era Racism and Its (Jewish) Discontents

Fiorito, Luca and Foresti, Tiziana. 2017. Economists and Eugenics: Progressive Era Racism and Its (Jewish) Discontents. In: Robert Leeson, ed. Hayek: A Collaborative Biography, Part X, Eugenics, Cultural Evolution and the Fatal Conceit. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 317-354. ISBN 9783319617138 [Book Section]

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This chapter analyzes the contribution to the debates on labour and immigration of a group of Jewish academicians and reformers who, during the second half of the Progressive Era, explicitly took a stance against the racialist and eugenic rhetoric of the period. This group includes first-rank economists like Edwin R. A. Seligman, Jacob H. Hollander, and Emanuel A. Goldenweiser; influential field specialists such as Isaac A. Hourwich and Isaac M. Rubinow; and relatively less known figures like Max J. Kohler and Samuel K. Joseph. By focusing on the voices of these dissenters, the work enriches the emerging picture of Progressive Era eugenic and racial thought.

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