David Laibman

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David Laibman
Born (1942-12-25) December 25, 1942 (age 77)
InstitutionBrooklyn College
School or
Marxist economics
Alma materThe New School for Social Research
Edward J. Nell
Adolph Lowe, Stephen Hymer[1]

David Laibman (born December 25, 1942) is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He received a Ph.D. in Economics in 1973 at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York.[2] His dissertation, The Invariance Condition for Value-Price Transformation in a Linear, Non-Decomposable Two-Sector Model, dealt with problems in Marxist value theory.[2] Laibman teaches economic theory, political economy, and mathematical economics, at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels at CUNY.[2]

He is the Editor of Science & Society, a quarterly Marxist journal founded in 1936.[3]

Laibman is the author of five books: Value, Technical Change and Crisis: Explorations in Marxist Economic Theory (1992), Capitalist Macrodynamics: A Systematic Introduction (1997), Deep History: A Study in Social Evolution and Human Potential (2007), Political Economy After Economics: Scientific Method and Radical Imagination (2012), and Passion and Patience: Society, History, and Revolutionary Vision (2015).[2]

He is also a fingerstyle guitarist, especially its application to the ragtime music of the early twentieth century. With Eric Schoenberg, Laibman recorded The New Ragtime Guitar for Folkways Records in 1970. His solo album, Classical Ragtime Guitar, was released by Rounder Records in 1980.[4] Laibman has worked with a variety of artists in the early folk world, using his advanced finger picking technique. One notable album is Way Out West[5] by Scottish folk singer Alex Campbell, in 1963. Of note is the track "Orange Blossom Special" which showcases the talent that Laibman was developing.[citation needed]

He issued a DVD, Guitar Artistry of David Laibman.


  1. ^ Laibman, David (1973). The Invariance Condition for Value-Price Transformation in a Linear, Non-Decomposable Two-Sector Model: Prelude to the Evaluation of Labor Value Calculation as a Precept of Analytic Economics (Ph.D.). The New School for Social Research. OCLC 254101716. ProQuest 302687637.
  2. ^ a b c d [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "From the Ashes of the Old: An Interview with David Laibman". Archived from the original on May 2, 2005.
  4. ^ "Eric Schoenberg". Archived from the original on July 8, 2007.
  5. ^ "Alex Campbell". Nigelgatherer.com.

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