On the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the 20th century’s most accomplished and controversial economists, scholars from around the world reflect on the legacy of Joan Robinson’s work. Addressing Robinsonian themes in growth, money, trade and methodology, their essays provide fresh perspectives on old questions.
Joan Robinson’s first priority was not theoretical perfection or abstract rigor. The arcane debates of the profession had little practical relevance and became increasingly tedious to her. Ironically, much of current economic theory embraces the realism she was striving toward. Indeed, as the essays in this volume show, she was in many ways ahead of her time.
The volume begins by tracing the intellectual contours of her work and discussing the people and events that shaped her thinking. The succeeding chapters address her theories on accumulation, capital, and equilibrium, her interpretation of Marx, as well as the influence of Piero Sraffa. Several chapters analyze and extend her theory of growth, illustrating the wide applicability of her approach.
A compelling exploration of Joan Robinson’s contributions, this volume will be of great interest to scholars interested in growth, income distribution, post-Keynesian economics, macroeconomics, history of thought, money, capital theory, international trade and finance.