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Allen, Roy George Douglas (1906–1983)

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Allen was born on 3 June 1906 at Stoke-on-Trent, and died on 29 September 1983 at Southwold. He was knighted in 1966 and made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1952. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. From 1928 he was assistant, then lecturer, then reader in economic statistics at the London School of Economics, becoming professor of statistics in 1944 and emeritus professor in 1973.

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  • 1934. (With J.R. Hicks.) A reconsideration of the theory of value: parts I and II. Economica, February, 52–76; May, 196–219.

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  • 1935. A note on the determinateness of the utility function. Review of Economic Studies 2, February, 155–8.

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  • 1935. (With A.L. Bowley.) Family Expenditure. London: P.S. King. 1938. Mathematical Analysis for Economists. London: Macmillan.

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  • 1946. Mutual aid between the US and the British Empire, 1941–45. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society 109, 243–71.

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  • 1949. Statistics for Economists. London: Hutchinson.

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  • 1953. (With J.E. Ely, eds.) International Trade Statistics. London: Chapman and Hall..

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  • 1956. Mathematical Economics. London: Macmillan.

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  • 1962. Basic Mathematics. London: Macmillan.

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  • 1967. Macro-Economic Theory. London: Macmillan.

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  • 1975. Index Numbers in Theory and Practice. London: Macmillan.

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  • 1980. An Introduction to National Accounts Statistics. London: Macmillan.

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  • Cairncross, A. 1985. Roy Allen, 1906–1983. In Proceedings of the British Academy 70, 379–85.

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  • Grebenik, E. 1984. Roy George Douglas Allen, 1906–1983. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society 147, 706–7.

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Stone, J.R.N. (2008). Allen, Roy George Douglas (1906–1983). In: Durlauf, S.N., Blume, L.E. (eds) The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

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