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Arnold Plant (1898–1978)

  • Robert A. CordEmail author
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Abstract

Cord looks at the work of Arnold Plant. After an examination of Plant’s life and career, the focus is on the seminal contributions that he made in the 1930s to the economics of copyright on books and patents for inventions, and how his views on these issues reflected his wider dislike of monopoly. Cord then considers Plant’s work on Africa, in particular the South African economy, this interest resulting from the time he spent at Cape Town University in the 1920s. Following on from this, there is an examination of Plant’s deep involvement with the Department of Business Administration at LSE, before a concluding section highlights the significant influence he had on generations of students at the School, including Ronald Coase and Arthur Lewis.

Keywords

Arnold Plant Property rights Copyright Patents Monopoly South African economy Business administration Ronald Coase 

References

Main Works by Arnold Plant

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  21. Plant, A. (1956a). ‘Pay As You View: The Case Stated’. The Times (Radio and Television Supplement), 22 August: xiii.Google Scholar
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  1. 1.Researcher in EconomicsLondonUnited Kingdom

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