Ronald H. Coase

Medema, Steven G.
Date published: 
June 1994

'Ronald Coase has been one of the most influential economists of his generation. Although his work deals with foundation concepts of the discipline, his ideas have been subject to a variety of usage, often in conjunction with ideological baggage. In this remarkable study of the man and his work, Steven Medema presents a careful, judicious, and nonideological examination of Coase's ideas, challenging their misleading common interpretation and revealing their true revolutionary potential. 'Professor W. J. Samuels, Michigan State University 'Steven Medema's achievement is remarkable: with great fairness he introduces us to Coase's way of thinking, and with great clarity helps us to see the continuity in Coase's work. Medema has written an excellent book about one of the great economists of this century.' Professor T. Eggertsson, University of Iceland and Indiana University. This book presents a systematic analysis of the contributions to economics made by Ronald Coase, the recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in economics. Throughout his career, Coase has brought his own particular approach to the economic analysis of the firm, pricing and costs, externalities, the economic role of government and economic method. This book analyses Coase's seminal contributions to economics, as well as the challenge that his work poses to conventional economic analysis.