The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Robbins, Lionel Charles (1898–1984)

  • B. A. Corry
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Lionel Robbins, who in 1961 became Baron Robbins of Clare Market, was one of the major academic economists of the interwar period. He remained active after the Second World War but never really regained the centre of the stage that he had occupied. He was also a great public servant for his country, serving it well and loyally in many aspects of social, political and cultural life. He was truly a ‘Renaissance man’.


Austrian economics Beveridge, W. H. British classical economics Cambridge School Economic liberalism Economic science Hayek, F. A. von History of economic thought Interpersonal utility comparisons Keynes, J. M. Labour supply Laissez-faire Methodology of economics Philosophy and economics Representative firm Robbins, L. C. Scarcity Torrens, R. Value judgements 

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  • B. A. Corry
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