Growth and Economic Development
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Growth and Economic Development

Essays in Honour of A.P. Thirlwall

Edited by Philip Arestis, John S.L. McCombie and Roger Vickerman

This valuable and engaging new book bears eloquent testimony to A.P. Thirlwall’s substantial contribution to economics over the last 40 years. The volume does not attempt to provide a comprehensive review of such a prolific figure, but rather demonstrates the considerable influence that his work on economic theory has had on his contemporaries, and the profession as a whole.
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A.P. Thirlwall: The Kent Years

Roger Vickerman


Roger Vickerman In 2005 the University of Kent celebrated its 40th anniversary and for 39 of those years Tony Thirlwall has been a member of its Department of Economics. As he reaches his own 40th anniversary it is appropriate to reflect on his contribution to the Department of Economics at Kent, as well as to the economics profession. In their Introduction to this volume John McCombie and Philip Arestis have given a more comprehensive account of his contribution to economics, but the two are in many ways inseparable, not least through Tony Thirlwall as a supervisor and mentor of those who started their careers as his graduate students or as junior lecturers in the Department. Following undergraduate study at Leeds and a Masters programme at Clark, Tony Thirlwall began a PhD in Cambridge, only to be tempted back to a Lectureship at Leeds by his early mentor Arthur Brown, where he finished the PhD. However, in 1966 he made the move south to the newly created University of Kent at Canterbury and, apart from visiting spells at West Virginia, Princeton, Papua New Guinea, Cambridge, Melbourne and La Trobe, he has spent his entire academic career at Kent, rising rapidly from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer to Reader and then Professor of Applied Economics by the age of 35. The Thirlwall contribution to the reputation of the department is immense. This is not just in the research output: 15 books (and one in press), 12 edited books and approaching 200 chapters and...

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