The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Cannan, Edwin (1861–1935)

  • Murray Milgate
Reference work entry


Cannan’s name is linked inextricably with two great economic institutions: Adam Smith and the London School of Economics. His edition of the Wealth of Nations first appeared in 1904 and remains in print today (1986). Before the publication of the Glasgow edition of Smith’s works in 1976, there was nothing that could even lay claim to being its rival. His association with the LSE began as a lecturer in 1895 (the year the School was founded), and continued (in the role of Professor from 1907) until his retirement in 1926.

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  • Murray Milgate
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