Austin the Man

  • Alec Cairncross


So far I have dwelt almost exclusively on Austin’s career as an economist, his professional activities and his contribution to the subject. There has been little about what one might think of as his ordinary life: how he lived, what sort of a man he was, his relations with friends and family. These have been introduced only where they seemed relevant to his professional career. But the reader may feel a natural curiosity in the personality of the man; and since he was the husband of a world-famous economist and himself a highly influential practitioner, his family life has an interest even from the limited perspective of the history of the discipline.


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    See P. J. D. Wiles and G. Routh, Economics in Disarray (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984) pp. 222–32.Google Scholar

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