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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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buo OKISHIO (born 1926) I was born on 11 December 1926. However, my official birth date is 2 January 1927. Before the Second World War, Japanese people counted age by calendar year. My parents were anxious about my becoming two years old after only one month; they feared that people might underestimate me when compared with other babies of the same age. So they registered my birth date as 2 January illegally. My father had a small store in which he sold women’s trinkets. He expected me to succeed him in his business. He sent me to Kobe Commercial School, hoping it would produce a reliable assistant for him after my graduation. His pretty dream did not come true as I entered Kobe Higher Commercial School instead. The Japanese ruling class, headed by Emperor Hirohito, had tried to solve the economic difficulties of the 1930s by a military invasion of China. As their criminal activities became wider, they began to mobilize all economic capacity for war. The government ordered my father’s business to shut down, shouting ‘Luxury is Our Enemy’. My father was compelled to obey and he was drafted into a munitions factory, working there until Japan was defeated in 1945. At that time, the Communist party had collapsed and was banned; reading Marxian books was forbidden. The US army occupied Japan and Emperor Hirohito declared: ‘I am not a God but a mere human’. After graduation from Kobe Higher Commercial School, I entered the faculty of...

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