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A Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists Second Edition

A Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists Second Edition

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Edited by Philip Arestis and Malcolm Sawyer

This is a thoroughly updated and revised edition of the first, and definitive, biographical dictionary of dissenting economists. It is an extensive and authoritative guide to economists both past and present, providing biographical, bibliographical and critical information on over 100 economists working in the non-neoclassical traditions broadly defined. It includes entries on, amongst others, radical economists, Marxists, post-Keynesians, behaviourists, Kaleckians and institutionalists. The book demonstrates the extent and richness of the radical heterodox tradition in economics.

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Edited by Philip Arestis and Malcolm Sawyer

Subjects: economics and finance, post-keynesian economics

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AGCHI (born 1936) My father was a Brahman. However, he was also the head of a subsect of Vaishnavas who started out by denying caste distinctions, but who ultimately accommodated themselves to the demands of hierarchy, albeit in a modified manner. Learning was not at a premium on my father’s side of the family. But my mother was an intellectual educated at home despite the fact that, like most women, even among high-caste Hindus, she was denied any formal education. From her I derived a passion for books. Her death at the age of thirty in complications arising from childbirth bewildered me by its injustice, and left me with a lifelong anger at the treatment most societies meted out to women. When I left school, I had hoped to take up science as a career. But a transitional year spent at a Hindu missionary college, whose authorities were glad to see me leave at the end of the first year of a two-year course, turned me towards atheism, Marxism and economics. In some ways, I was fated to dissent from an intolerably unjust status quo, even before I began training to be an economist. I was fortunate in coming into contact, at the Presidency College and the University of Calcutta, with teachers who, while they did not share my rebellious world-view, were generous enough not to discourage my curiosity and scepticism. I should mention in particular three of my teachers, namely, Panchanan Chakraborty, Bhabatosh Datta and Upendranath Ghoshal, who...

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