Tyler Goodspeed is a history MPhil student at Emmanuel College, focusing on economic history and the history of economic thought. He completed his undergraduate studies in June 2008 at Harvard College, with highest honors in economics and history. A Hoopes prize winner, Tyler’s senior thesis analyzed the business cycle theories of J.M. Keynes and F.A. Hayek, clarifying their common heritage in Wicksellian interest theory. His studies at Cambridge are funded by the Gates-Cambridge Trust.
Tyler’s MPhil thesis expands upon his work in interwar business cycle theory by framing those debates in the context of later controversies in the theory of capital. Particularly, he is interested in how the “Neoclassical synthesis” of short-run fluctuations and long-run growth emerged in spite of unresolved conflicts regarding the origin and nature of capital.
More generally, Tyler’s research covers the history of modern economic theory, as well as quantitative economic history. In addition to thesis work, current projects include the history of asset bubbles and long-run economic growth.