Austin the Economist

  • Alec Cairncross


The Austin Robinson so far presented has been very much an institutional figure, serving this or that government department, the ‘slave’ of the Royal Economic Society, the founder or mainstay of professional organisations, the promoter of contact and debate between economists across international frontiers. He has not appeared, except in his earliest writing, as a contributor to economic theory. He founded no school, expounded no abstract doctrines peculiar to himself, and indeed appeared to avoid general theory as such. From the war onwards, although he was a prolific writer of reviews, articles and introductions, he wrote nothing at book length to drive home his approach to economic problems.


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    E. A. G. Robinson, ‘Some Thoughts on Monopoly’, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, June 1967, pp. 97–109.Google Scholar
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    E. A. G. Robinson, ‘The Changing Structure of the British Economy’, Presidential Address to Section F of the British Association, Economic Journal, September 1954, p. 457.Google Scholar
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    E. A. G. Robinson, ‘The Future of British Imports’, Three Banks Review, March 1953, p. 14.Google Scholar
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    E. A. G. Robinson, ‘The Problem of Living Within our Foreign Earnings’, Three Banks Review, March 1954, pp. 13–14.Google Scholar
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    M. Scott, ‘The Problem of Living Within our Foreign Earnings’, Three Banks Review, June 1955, pp. 3–17.Google Scholar
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    E. A. G. Robinson, ‘Some Comments on Mr Scott’s Article’, Three Banks Review, June 1955, pp. 18–26.Google Scholar
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    E. A. G. Robinson, ‘The Problem of Living within our Foreign Earnings, Further Considered’, Three Banks Review, June 1958, pp. 3–16.Google Scholar
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    E. A. G. Robinson, ‘The Cost of Agricultural Import-saving’, Three Banks Review, December 1958, pp. 3–13.Google Scholar
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    E. A. G. Robinson, ‘The Problem of British Imports’, London and Cambridge Economic Bulletin, March 1965.Google Scholar
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    Sir Austin Robinson, Future Tasks for UNDP: Report to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (no date, but after the oil crisis of 1973).Google Scholar
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    E. A. G. Robinson, Introduction to Employment Policy in a Developing Country, ed. E. A. G. Robinson, P. R. Brahmananda and L. K. Deshpande (London: Macmillan, for International Economic Association 1983) p. 27.Google Scholar
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    E. A. G. Robinson, ‘Some First Thoughts on Rural Development’, in Economics in the Long View, ed. Charles Kindleberger and Guido di Telia (London: Macmillan, 1982).Google Scholar
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