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Harry Johnson
A Life in Economics

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Part of Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics

  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107405271

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  • Harry Johnson (1923-1977) was such a striking figure in economics that Nobel Laureate James Tobin designated the third quarter of the twentieth century as “the age of Johnson.” Johnson played a leading role in the development and extension of the Heckscher-Ohlin model of international trade, wrote fundamental articles on the balance of payments and later developed the monetary approach to the balance of payments. Within monetary economics he was also a seminal figure who, in a series of surveys, identified and explained the links between the ideas of the major post-war innovators. This book chronicles his intellectual development and his contributions to economics, economic education, and, particularly in Canada and Britain, the discussion of economic policy.

    • Intellectual biography of one of the twentieth century's leading economists
    • Covers both the ideas and the life, written by a leading economic biographer
    • Filled major gap in the history of economic thought between 1950 and 1975
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    "This is a fascinating account of a larger-than-life figure, with seemingly boundless energy, who not only helped shape international economics in the 1950s and 1960s but also became a missionary for Chicago-style economics in Britain and elsewhere." - Roger E. Backhouse, University of Birmingham

    "For 25 years Harry Johnson bestrode the international economics profession 'like a Colossus'. His influence was enormous. This book gives a thorough and very comprehensible account of his hectic life and work. A bonus is its inside picture of two famous institutions: the London School of Economics and the Milton Friedman dominated economics department of the University of Chicago." - Max Corden, Johns Hopkins University

    "This fascinating book is a timely reminder of just how important Harry Johnson's work was for the development of late 20th century economics, not just as a body of knowledge, but also and crucially as a single discipline with a global reach. Don Moggridge has a deep understanding of the social and professional environment that helped shape Johnson's attractive but complicated personality and he tells the ultimately tragic story of his life and work with unobtrusive skill." - David Laidler, University of Western Ontario

    "Don Moggridge’s exceptional biography brings Harry Johnson alive for those of us who knew him only through his writings and public lectures. With his career spanning the decades of the development of economics as a science in the postwar period, Johnson’s intellectual journey is equally a story of the creation of modern economics, both scientifically and institutionally. From his youth in Canada, to his time in Cambridge and Manchester, to his Chicago and LSE days, Johnson left a rich record of documents, memoirs, and personal connections. Moggridge has woven that material into a compelling narrative, a worthy successor to his acclaimed biography of Keynes. For economists, and historians of economics, and indeed for historians of postwar social science more generally, this is a must read." - E. Roy Weintraub, Duke University

    "Highly recommended." - Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107405271
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Toronto
    2. Antigonish
    3. England
    4. North American postgraduate
    5. Cambridge don
    6. Cambridge economist
    7. Manchester
    8. Chicago
    9. Canada, economic nationalism, and opulence, 1957–66
    10. Money, trade, and development
    11. LSE
    12. Professional life - largely British
    13. Money and inflation
    14. The international monetary system
    15. Harry's Wicksell period
    16. Stroke and after
    17. Conclusion.

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    D. E. Moggridge, University of Toronto

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