Geoffrey Harcourt (1931-2021): His Life and Works

Selwyn Cornish, John Hawkins

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Geoff Harcourt had a distinguished academic career, principally in
Adelaide and Cambridge. He was one of the world’s foremost
post-Keynesian economists and an expert in capital theory. He
was an all-rounder who wrote in many areas of economic theory
and economic policy. His ‘horses for courses’ approach to economics saw him using different tools and styles to address different problems and audiences. He also wrote intellectual biographies of many of his fellow economists and contributed generously to the writing of his colleagues, offering advice and
introducing authors to other scholars who could help them. He
was a popular and respected teacher, as well as a strong activist
and advocate on important social issues. Witty, warm, inspiring
and sympathetic, he was a human being of outstanding quality
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-31
Number of pages24
JournalHistory of Economics Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2022


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