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A Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists Second Edition

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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INE (born 1948) I was born in Coventry in 1948, the fourth son of six – five years after me, my parents’ last try for a girl yielded twin sons. On my birth certificate, my father’s profession is listed as timberyard worker. His enduring desire to be a research mathematician had been permanently frustrated by a breakdown during the war. My mother, despite a degree in history, was confined to housewife until her early death in 1967, although she successfully struggled to be involved in local labour party politics against the constraints imposed by her domestic duties and her husband’s disapproval of her not being otherwise confined to the house. As a household, we were unimaginably poor by today’s material standards but, by the same token, equally wealthy in ‘human’, especially mathematical, capital. Essentially, five of the six sons followed their father in studying maths at Oxford, the sixth black sheep ultimately descending to the pursuit of archaeology. I had taken my O-levels at fourteen, my A-levels (double maths and physics) at sixteen (both at a grammar school), and finished my degree in maths at 20 in 1969. At that time, I felt I had reached my limit in maths and did not wish to study it any more. My experience of casual work in industry had convinced me that British management needed skills and logic. I applied to US business schools but with little success, no doubt justifiably in view of my naivety. I was, however,...

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