Tim Harcourt, 31 March 2022

The Australian economist Geoff Harcourt, a leading light of post-Keynesian economics, capital theory and economic thought, passed away in December 2021. This column, written by his son and fellow economist Tim Harcourt, outlines his life and times, including many contributions to both economic analysis and economic policymaking. Geoff regarded himself as “a Cambridge economist and an Australian patriot” and, as Tim says, “he reached his production possibility frontier in all aspects life – both professional and personal – and shared his knowledge and love with all”. 

Avinash Persaud, 10 November 2021

John Williamson, one of the icons of international economics, passed away in April 2021. This column outlines some of his many and varied contributions to economic analysis and economic policymaking. In his work on exchange rates, the international monetary system and the challenges of economic crises, transition and development, he was the consummate problem-solver and understood any problem in the round of politics, economics and institutions. 

Douglas Irwin, 06 November 2021

Ronald Findlay, who passed away in October 2021, was one of the great trade theorists of his generation. As this column by one of his former students explains, he will be remembered for his brilliant intellect, his encyclopaedic knowledge of theory and history, and most of all for his modesty, warmth and supportive friendship.

Gérard Roland, 23 October 2021

The great Hungarian economist János Kornai, who passed away in October 2021, was a pioneering analyst of shortages, socialist economies and the economics of transition to a market economy. This column outlines what made him one of the most important intellectuals of the twentieth century.

Paul Krugman, 12 April 2021

Nobel Laureate Robert Mundell passed away on 4 April 2021. In this column, Paul Krugman describes the evolution of Mundell’s contribution to economic thought and policy, from his early pathbreaking models that remain the foundation of modern international macroeconomics to his later views that were more controversial and less influential in the profession. He also offers an explanation of how the man who brought Keynesian analysis to the open economy and highlighted the difficult tradeoffs in creating a currency area could come to be seen as the father of both supply-side economics and the euro.


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