The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Burns, Emile (1889–1972)

  • Sam Aaronovitch
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Burns was born in St Kitts, where his father was in the colonial administration. He was educated in London and Cambridge and earned his living in the shipping industry before working full-time for the Labour Research Department (1925–9) and later as an official of the Communist Party of Great Britain until he retired. He was a gifted expositor and popularizer of economic issues and problems and the books and pamphlets he wrote when at the Labour Research Department were much used in the trade union movement. They included a study of the textile industry (requested by the United Textile Workers Union), syllabuses on Finance and on Imperialism and a book on Modern Finance (1920) which set out the workings of the financial system.

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  • Sam Aaronovitch
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