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Lionel Robbins (1898–1984)

  • Susan HowsonEmail author
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Abstract

Lionel Robbins was famous outside LSE for his varied public activities, including government service in the Second World War and involvement in the administration of the arts and in higher education in Britain, as well as for his work as an academic economist. He was associated with the School for over sixty years, including as a student, Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Governors. Howson concentrates on Robbins’s career as an LSE economist, discussing his education at the School and his teaching and writing on economics before and after the Second World War. It also considers the influence of his teachers, notably Edwin Cannan, Hugh Dalton and Theodore Gregory, on his own thought and teaching, and the influence of his teaching on LSE students.

Keywords

Lionel Robbins Edwin Cannan Hugh Dalton Theodore Gregory LSE lectures Austrian economics History of economics 

References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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