Past, Present and Future
Edited by D. S.P. Rao and Bart van Ark
A Story Behind Each Number - Angus Maddison (1926-2010)
Just as the global economy is experiencing one of the biggest economic crises of the past century, the economics profession lost one of the world’s most gifted scholars ever to document economic performance over long periods of time. Angus Maddison died from complications arising from leukemia on April 24, 2010 at the American Hospital in Paris. He was buried in the church graveyard in Chevincourt, a village near Compiègne where he had lived with his wife Penny for the latter part of his life. He is also survived by his two sons, George and Charles, his daughter Lizzy, and five grandchildren. Angus Maddison has been an active member of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth since 1968. He has participated in at least a dozen conferences of the Association, was a member of the editorial board of The Review of Income and Wealth from 1990 to 1997, and has published five articles in the Review since 1980. His last two articles in the Review were, respectively, drawn from the first Ruggles Keynote Lecture on measuring world economic performance which he delivered at the 28th General Conference of the Association in 2004 in Cork, Ireland (Maddison, 2005), and from his introductory lecture on measuring economic performance in China for the 2007 Beijing Special Conference on Transition Economies (Maddison, 2008). Angus also played an important role in organizing several sessions in the area of measuring long-term growth at conferences and stimulated the participation of many scholars in this area.
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