Economica and LSE Economics

  • Jim ThomasEmail author


Economica was launched in 1921 as an LSE house journal to cover all aspects of work at the School and in its early years, LSE contributions dominated. In 1934, Politica was launched. Economica would now concentrate on economics, economic history, accounting and statistics, while Politica would cover the remaining subject areas. Economica was involved in the 1930s battle between LSE and Cambridge, with lively exchanges between Hayek, Keynes and Sraffa. Among notable articles were Coase’s ‘Nature of the Firm’, an analysis of cigarette money in a prisoner of war camp by Radford, and the Phillips Curve. As economic research at the School became more specialised, fewer LSE economists published in Economica. It has become a generalist journal based at LSE rather than a house journal.


Keynes versus Hayek Coase Cigarette money Phillips Curve 


Archival Material

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London School of EconomicsUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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