The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes
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The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes

Edited by Robert W. Dimand and Harald Hagemann

The most influential and controversial economist of the twentieth century, John Maynard Keynes was the leading founder of modern macroeconomics, and was also an important historical figure as a critic of the Versailles Peace Treaty after World War I and an architect of the Bretton Woods international monetary system after World War II. This comprehensive Companion elucidates his contributions, his significance, his historical context and his continuing legacy.
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Chapter 70: Mabel Timlin

Robert W. Dimand


Mabel Timlin’s Keynesian Economics (1942) was a pioneering exposition and analysis of Keynes’s macroeconomics, and included an innovative diagrammatic treatment of shifting equilibrium. Timlin, originally a secretary at the University of Saskatchewan, began work on the dissertation that became her book in 1935, before the publication of Keynes’s General Theory, thanks to Benjamin Higgins coming to Saskatoon with a copy of Robert Bryce’s London School of Economics seminar paper on Keynes, based on Bryce’s notes on three years of Keynes’s Cambridge lectures. Timlin, a lifelong, eloquent Keynesian, was the first female tenured economist at a Canadian university, the first woman in the social sciences or humanities elected to the Royal Society of Canada and the first female president of the Canadian Political Science Association (which then included economics).

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