A Biographical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Economists

Keith Rankin provides a review in Agenda, Volume 15, Number 2, 2008 of “A Biographical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Economists” edited by J. E. King. Some excerpts from the review …

” … a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the intellectual foundations of Australia and New Zealand

“For an Australian book, it is refreshing that many of the subjects are New Zealanders

“Those economists whose contributed to economic thought and/or policy on both sides of ‘the ditch’ (as New Zealanders call the Tasman Sea) were Robert Torrens, E. G. Wakefield, Henry Hayter, Timothy Coghlan, William Pember Reeves, R. F. Irvine, Douglas Copland, A. G. B. Fisher, Colin Clark, Colin Simkin and Richard Manning.

“I enjoyed Alex Millmow’s account of Douglas Copland, a New Zealander who was trained under the auspices of Sir James Hight’s ‘Canterbury School’, along with J. B. Condliffe. Both men went on to stellar global careers while retaining strong identities with their places of origin. Copland would undoubtedly have been one of New Zealand’s greatest economists had he not been ‘unsuccessful in securing a chair in New Zealand’.

“This is a book that belongs in all of Australasia’s academic, public service and metropolitan public libraries. It also belongs in many of our private libraries, as a reference work, and as a book to just dip into for a random snippet from our intellectual past.

The book is available for purchase from the publisher