ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Economist Extraordinaire

THIS biography of Kaldor (1908-86), in the series entitled Grand Masters in Economics (General Editor: Mark Blaug), is very appropriately written by an author (Professor of Applied Economics, University of Kent at Canterbury) who knew the late Lord Kaldor intimately and can claim complete familiarity with Kaldor's professional contributions having himself extended and refined them. It is a comprehensive work which includes an informative chronology, charming illustrations and a bibliography of Kaldor's writings, but it is not "a full personal biography on the lines of Harrod's or Skidelsky's life of Keynes; nor is it an intellectual biography in the sense of providing a new interpretation or critique of Kaldor." Rather it is "a straightforward attempt to elucidate the work of a man who was one of the most interesting, inspiring and influential economists of the twentieth century". It is a happy blend of "discussion of quite complex theoretical issues with biographical detail". The author's empathy has in no way inhibited an objective assessment of Kaldor's prolific contributions to theoretical and applied economics, his varied roles as an economic and tax advisor (Hungary, Britain, India, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Ghana, Guyana, Tbrkey, Iran, Venezuela) and international civil servant and consultant (mostly to the UN and related agencies).

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