chapter  2
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The New Era as Seen by a Young Man

WithRobert M. Solow

One risk that comes with a very long and very productive career is the likelihood that even fairly attentive readers may eventually forget that writer’s earlier work, or not even know that it exists. It is a safe guess that most of the contributors to this volume think of Eli Ginzberg mainly as a contributor to the literature on the distribution of healthcare, or as a participant in the public discussion on the labor-force participation of women and minorities and other aspects of manpower policy. Some will know that the precocious Ginzberg’s first book—published when he was twenty-two—was a study of Adam Smith and his immediate predecessors and successors in political economy.