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Mary Jean Bowman
77 Her work in applied economics mainly revolved around the economics of the building industry and she was regarded as one of the British experts in what was, at the time that she was actively researching it, a somewhat neglected area. Her numerous contributions include several studies of the relationship between ﬂuctuations in building construction and the trade cycle. These appeared in the Review of Economic Studies (1937–40). In 1945 she produced Housing and the State (1945) and then, after she had returned to academia from wartime economic policy involvement in the civil service, she produced two volumes, Innovations in Building Materials – an Economic Study (1960) and The British Building Industry – Four Studies of Response and Resistance to Change (1966). In both of these studies she was highly critical of the UK building industry, ﬁnding faults in all aspects of the industry including problems connected with ‘innovations, rationality of design, organization of expert knowledge, stimuli to efﬁciency, the sizes of building projects, contractional relationships, and opportunities for informed choice by building owners’ (Bowley, 1966, p. 440). Some might well argue that the faults she itemized are still prevalent in the industry. Marian Bowley was also a much respected and highly admired teacher. She played an important part in the life of University College London and in her retirement she is still remembered with great affection by her excolleagues in the department of economics. BERNARD CORRY Selected writings by Marian Bowley (1937a), Nassau Senior and the Classical Economists, London:...