The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Lewis, W. Arthur (1915–1991)

  • Ronald Findlay
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95189-5_878

Abstract

This article provides an outline of the career and contributions of W. Arthur Lewis, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1982. Born in 1915 on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, Lewis began his career at the London School of Economics before moving to Manchester University and then to Princeton University. While The Theory of Economic Growth (1955) and Growth and Fluctuations 18701913 (1978) have both been regarded as classics since they were first published, it is the 1954 article, ‘Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labour’, that will probably remain as Lewis’s most famous and influential single contribution.

Keywords

Development economics Dual economies Lewis, W. A. Nurkse, R. Periphery Surplus labour Terms of trade 
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  • Ronald Findlay
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