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Gunnar Myrdal

An Intellectual Biography

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Part of the Great Thinkers in Economics Series book series (GTE)

About this book


This study examines the manner in which Gunnar Myrdal's intellectual style left an impact on the shaping of Sweden's welfare state, on race relations in the United States, on post-World War Two economic cooperation in Europe, and on the analysis of Third World economic development.


economic development economic policy economic theory equilibrium instability policy-making poverty welfare

About the authors

WILLIAM J. BARBER is the Andrews Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA. He has published widely on topics in the history of economic thought, on issues in development economics, and on the role of economists as policy advisers. He has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society. He served as a member of the research team, headed by Gunnar Myrdal, that produced the three-volume study Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations.

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