Robertson on Utility and Scope

  • Lionel Robbins


Like each of its predecessors, the latest addition to Sir Dennis Robertson’s series of collected essays1 is full of good things. Some of the papers on policy are indeed among the most important that he has ever written. It is difficult, for instance, to conceive anything more elegant or more closely packed with wisdom than the Presidential Address for 1947 to Section F of the British Association on “The Economic Oudook,”* and this is only the leading example of a whole series of contributions whereby Sir Dennis has not only contributed to our knowledge of the theory of policy in general, but has also diffused sweetness and light amid the anxious and bewildering problems of our day.


Marginal Utility Economic Welfare Presidential Address Material Side Cardinal Measurement 
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  1. 1.
    D.H. Roberson, Utility and All That and Other Essays (London, 1952).Google Scholar
  2. *.
    J.R. Hicks and R.G.D. Allen, “A reconsideration of the theory of value,” Economica n.s., vol. 1 (February and May 1934), pp. 52–76, 196–219.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Ludwig von Mises, Die Gemeinwirtschaft: Untersuchungen über den Socialismus, 2nd edn (Jena, 1932), p. 93. [As translated by J. Kahane, ‘Judgments of value do not measure: they arrange, they grade.’ (Socialism, London, 1936).]Google Scholar
  4. *.
    Hicks responded to the challenge Robbins set him with a note, “Robbins on Robertson on Utility,” Economica n.s., vol. 21 (May 1954), pp. 154–7.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • Lionel Robbins

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