Saturday, November 5, 2016

Biographies of Great Left Heterodox Economists

I limit myself to the great, older figures below.

Good short biographies can be found in these works:
Arestis, Philip and Malcolm Sawyer (eds.). 1991. A Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists. Elgar, Aldershot.

Harcourt, G. C. 1993. Post-Keynesian Essays in Biography: Portraits of Twentieth-Century Political Economists. Macmillan, Basingstoke.
Here is a list of biographies, and other relevant works:
John Maynard Keynes
Skidelsky, R. J. A. 1983. John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883–1920 (vol. 1), Macmillan, London.

Skidelsky, Robert. 1992. John Maynard Keynes. Volume Two. The Economist as Saviour 1920–1937. Macmillan, London.

Skidelsky, R. J. A. 2000. John Maynard Keynes: Fighting for Britain 1937–1946 (vol. 3), Macmillan, London.

Moggridge, D. E. 1992. Maynard Keynes: An Economist’s Biography. Routledge, London and New York.

Dostaler, Gilles. 2007. Keynes and his Battles. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

Tily, Geoff. 2007. Keynes Betrayed: Keynes’s General Theory, The Rate of Interest and Keynesian Economics. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Ambrosi, Gerhard Michael. 2003. Keynes, Pigou and Cambridge Keynesians: Authenticity and Analytical Perspective in the Keynes-Classics Debate. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Pasinetti, Luigi L. 2007. Keynes and the Cambridge Keynesians: A ‘Revolution in Economics’ to be Accomplished. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Nicholas Kaldor
King, J. E. 2009. Nicholas Kaldor. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York.

Thirlwall, A. P. 1987. Nicholas Kaldor. Wheatsheaf, Brighton.

Joan Robinson
Harcourt, G. C. 1995. “Obituary: Joan Robinson 1903–1983,” Economic Journal 105.432: (September): 1228–1243.

Harcourt, G. C. and Prue Kerr. 2009. Joan Robinson. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK and New York.

Harcourt, Geoff and Prue Kerr. 2002. Joan Robinson. Routledge, London.

Aslanbeigui, Nahid and Guy Oakes. 2009. The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist. Duke University Press, Durham NC.

Cicarelli, James and Julianne Cicarelli. 1996. Joan Robinson: A Bio-Bibliography. Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn.

Rima, Ingrid H. 1991. The Joan Robinson Legacy. M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, N.Y.

Turner, Marjorie S. 1989. Joan Robinson and the Americans. M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, N.Y. and London.

George L. S. Shackle
Ford, J. L. 1985. “G. L. S. Shackle: A Brief Bio‐Bibliographical Portrait,” Journal of Economic Studies 12.1–2: 3–12.

Ford, J. L. 1994. G. L. S. Shackle: The Dissenting Economist’s Economist. E. Elgar, Aldershot, UK and Brookfield, Vt. 543 p.

Frowen, Stephen F. 2003. Economists in Discussion: The Correspondence between G.L.S. Shackle and S.F. Frowen 1951–1992. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Earl, Peter E. and Bruce Littleboy. 2014. G. L. S. Shackle. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke.

Perlman, Mark. 2005. “Memorialising George L. S. Shackle: A Centennial Tribute,” Cambridge Journal of Economics 29.2: 171–178.

Michał Kalecki
Toporowski, Jan. 2013. Michał Kalecki: An Intellectual Biography. Volume I: Rendezvous in Cambridge 1899–1939. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

King, J. E. 2003. “An Economist from Poland,” in A History of Post Keynesian Economics since 1936. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. 35–55.

Piero Sraffa
Potier, Jean-Pierre. 1991. Piero Sraffa: Unorthodox Economist (1898–1983): A Biographical Essay. Routledge, London.

Roncaglia, Alessandro. 2009. Piero Sraffa: His Life, Thought and Cultural Heritage. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
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  1. Not sure I would put Shackle in a list of heterodox economists. He was too Austrian for that, in my view. But was he a lefty? Haven't read these bios of him. I would add Dosman's The Life and Times of Raúl Prebisch, 1901-1986, and Adelman's Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman. And I know Marx seems from another era, but I would recommend Francis Wheen relatively recent (1999) biography Karl Marx: A Life.

    1. Nor Keynes, who has been at the heart of mainstream economics for 80 years.

    2. No, Ken B. That would be Paul Samuelson, who distorted the work of Keynes.