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The Instrumental UniversityEducation in Service of the National Agenda after World War II$
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Ethan Schrum

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501736643

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501736643.001.0001

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A Use of the University of Michigan

A Use of the University of Michigan

Samuel P. Hayes Jr. and Economic Development

(p.164) Chapter 5 A Use of the University of Michigan
The Instrumental University

Ethan Schrum

Cornell University Press

Chapter 5 examines how Samuel P. Hayes, Jr., an early Point Four official who later helped design the Peace Corps, tried to “use” the University of Michigan to establish a program of multidisciplinary organized research on economic development, the Center for Research on Economic Development (CRED). The resistance he encountered from university administrators and economics department colleagues suggests that traditional academic norms did not always yield completely to interdisciplinary organized research. Yet the establishment of CRED, which had parallels at the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, and Yale, suggests the importance of economic development as a focus for organized research in the instrumental university. This chapter also provides an account of the new subfield of development economics and of the relationship between the economics discipline and the behavioral science paradigm.

Keywords:   economic development, development economics, University of Michigan, Samuel P Hayes Jr, Center for Research on Economic Development, organized research, Peace Corps, Point Four, behavioral science

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