Talk:W. Brian Arthur

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Further selection of papers, articles, lectures and papers[edit]

Selected Papers
Selected Articles
Selected Lectures
Selected Interviews

This list is initially removed from the article and moved here, because it is detailled information, to much for the short article itself.

-- Mdd (talk) 20:18, 19 November 2007 (UTC)/ 11:40, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

External links removed[edit]

The following external links are removed. They didn't seemed notable enough. - Mdd (talk) 23:24, 19 November 2007 (UTC)

The lead sentence[edit]

The current lead sentence is to specific and it is missing essential information:

William Brian Arthur (1945, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an economist credited with creating the modern theory of increasing returns.<

The lead sentence should be something like this:

William Brian Arthur (1945) is an Irish economist and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, known for the creating of the modern theory of increasing returns.

So Randy, if this information is right please change it maybe with any changes you want. -- Mdd (talk) 19:10, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

credited with creating the modern theory of increasing returns?[edit]

This article by Paul Krugman seems to suggest otherwise: http://www.slate.com/id/1928/ He cites several examples of how increasing returns was already known about and studied at the time. How should we reconcile such information? —Umofomia (talk) 21:25, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

After looking into the issue more closely, even Kenneth Arrow, the person who wrote the foreward that is used as the citation for this statement, does not say he credits him for creating the modern theory of increasing returns (reading the foreward, I don't see where it really appears to credit him either), but he does defend Arthur by saying he was definitely influential. See this link for Arrow's response (including those of others) to the article I mentioned above: http://www.slate.com/id/2485/. I think we should probably instead just change the statement to say Arthur "influenced the modern theory of increasing returns." —Umofomia (talk) 21:58, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
I decided to be bold and do the change myself: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=W._Brian_Arthur&diff=245542530&oldid=223135994Umofomia (talk) 22:36, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
Good job catching that. CRETOG8(t/c) 00:15, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Birth place[edit]

Where can I find reliable sources for the place of birth? Kindest regards, --Drahreg01 (talk) 14:52, 8 October 2010 (UTC)