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Lucky Boy in the Lucky Country

The Autobiography of Max Corden, Economist

  • A complete biography from one of the world's preeminent economists

  • Recollections from Corden's flight from Nazi Germany to his time at Oxford and the IMF

  • Written in an engaging, lively style perfect for students researchers and the general reader

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Early Years

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 3-15
    3. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 17-25
    4. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 27-40
    5. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 55-62
    6. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 63-68
    7. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 69-80
    8. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 81-90
    9. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 91-94
  3. Being an Academic Economist

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 97-112
    3. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 129-137
    4. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 139-159
    5. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 161-180
    6. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 181-186
    7. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 187-201
    8. Warner Max Corden
      Pages 203-208

About this book


Corden has written a charming and insightful account of his professional and personal life, from his childhood in Breslau, Germany, until his retirement in Melbourne.

The book is divided into two parts. Part I considers Corden's early life, from a young boy growing up in Nazi Germany, to his immigration from England to Australia and what that means for the author's self-identity. Part II addresses Corden's work on the Australian Protection Policy for which he is perhaps best known, before reflecting upon the author's time at Oxford University and the Australian National University, and, finally, moving on to review contributions made at the IMF, Johns Hopkins University, and The World Bank.

This book will be of interest to all aspiring economists, as well as established economists familiar with Corden's work. It is an inspiring and profound record of the intellectual journey made by one of Australia's best known economists.


Warner Max Corden Australian protection policy International economics International Monetary Fund Australian Tariff Policy Dutch Disease Trade protection International monetary systems Australian economics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourne, VICAustralia

About the authors

Warner Max Corden is an Australian economist and Emeritus Professor at John Hopkins University, US. He is mostly known for his work on the theory of trade protection, including the development of the dutch disease model of international trade. His work also covers international monetary systems, macroeconomic policies of developing countries and Australian economics. He was Senior Advisor in the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 1986 until 1988.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Lucky Boy in the Lucky Country
  • Book Subtitle The Autobiography of Max Corden, Economist
  • Authors Warner Max Corden
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65165-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87964-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65166-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 243
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Economic Thought/Methodology
    International Economics
    Macroeconomics/Monetary Economics//Financial Economics


“His well-travelled life, his ability to write in a clear and engaging style, his wide sympathies, his self-knowledge and modesty all combine to make this autobiography fascinating reading. Above all, it is more than a narrative. … economists form the main audience for his autobiography, with perhaps a focus on those concerned with international economics and macroeconomic policy, all academics can learn from Max’s career.” (John Creedy, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 63 (1), 2019)

“An important part of the book is devoted to Max’s research output, which is considerable and of exceptionally high quality. … Max also highlights throughout the book the profound influence that a number of individuals had upon his life and the immense debt he owes them.” (Selwyn Cornish, Economic Record, Vol. 94 (306), September, 2018)