Joan Robinson

Joan Violet Robinson FBA (31 October 1903 – 5 August 1983) was a post-Keynesian economist who was well known for her work on monetary economics and wide-ranging contributions to economic theory. She was the daughter of Major-General Sir Frederick Barton Maurice, 1st Baronet, and was married to fellow economist Austin Robinson. Together, they had two children. The current Indian prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who was a student at University of Cambridge in 1950s, said in a 2005 interview: "At (Cambridge) university I first became conscious of the creative role of politics in shaping human affairs, and I owe that mostly to my teachers Joan Robinson and Nicholas Kaldor. Joan Robinson was a brilliant teacher, but she also sought to awaken the inner conscience of her students in a manner that very few others were able to achieve. She questioned me a great deal and made me think the unthinkable. She propounded the left-wing interpretation of Keynes, maintaining that the state has to play more of a role if you really want to combine development with social equity." Continue Reading »

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