First published in 1990, this book presents an original and comprehensive overview of Australian economic thought. The authors stress, by way of introduction, the many important innovative contributions Australian economists have made to thought worldwide. As the argument develops, the work of major figures is discussed in detail in addition to the role of different journals and economic societies.
1. Is there an Australian Economics? 2. Rude begginings: nineteenth century popular political economy 3. Early developments at the university: academics and aconomics 1850-1925 4. The Austrailian Economist, 1888-98 5. A nation of statisticians 6. Economists in the 1920's and 1930's: the Golden Age of Australian Age of Australian economics? 7. An old tradition: heretics, cranks and 'gifted amateurs' 8. Professionalism and Americanisation: Australian university economics 9. Non-academic Australian economics: the influence of economist-advisers 10. Conclusions: can Australian economics survive the twentieth century?