How I Became an Economist

  • Warner Max Corden
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought book series (PHET)


How did I become an economist and not a historian? At school I liked history best, but when it came to choosing a university field, my father said, “No. You can read history in the evenings. Commerce will give you a choice of jobs”. The commerce degree at the University of Melbourne involved a lot of economics, and that is how I got into economics. Blame my father! I also learnt how to overcome shyness and thus how to speak as a teacher. That story is in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Warner Max Corden
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  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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