The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Empty Boxes

  • N. F. R. Crafts
Reference work entry


‘Empty Economic Boxes’ is the title of a famous article in the Economic Journal of 1922 and a phrase which has subsequently entered the language of economics as a shorthand for ‘abstract theory without practical relevance’. The paper was written by J.H. Clapham, the leading British economic historian of the interwar years and first Professor of Economic History at Cambridge University.

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