Alfred Marshall Economist 1842-1924

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  • Copyright: 2007-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This book is a succinct overview of Alfred Marshall's life and work in economics.

Author Biography

PETER GROENEWEGEN has been an active researcher in the history of economic thought for nearly fifty years, covering many aspects of the subject. He is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published many books on the history of economic thought, including a widely acclaimed biography of Alfred Marshall, a collection in translation of Turgot's major writings on economics, and three volumes of his essays on the history of economics. As Director of the Centre for the Study of the History of Economic Thought from 1989 to 2003, he edited several volumes of conference proceedings and in 2005 his services to the subject were recognized by both the History of Economics Society (which named him a Distinguished Fellow) and the European Society of the History of Economic Thought (which made him an Honorary Member).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Introduction: Alfred Marshall, a Giant Among Economistsp. 1
Marshall's work as an economistp. 2
Marshall's specific contributions to economicsp. 3
Marshall's major booksp. 5
Marshall's Official Papers and his two smaller booksp. 10
The book in outlinep. 12
Marshall's great eminence demonstratedp. 13
Family, Childhood and Education (1842-65)p. 16
Childhood and school (1842-61)p. 18
Undergraduate at St John's College, Cambridge (1861-65)p. 20
Marshall's Moral Sciences Apprenticeship and Search for a New Vocation (1866-77)p. 28
Marshall at Clifton College and as Fellow at St John'sp. 31
Membership of Cambridge clubs and gradual loss of faithp. 32
Philosophical inquiry including four philosophical papersp. 34
From philosophy to economicsp. 36
Alfred Marshall and the Political Economy of John Stuart Millp. 38
Other early influences on Marshall's economicsp. 40
Early teaching and writing in economicsp. 41
Travel, engagement, marriage and departure from Cambridge (1877)p. 47
Bristol and Oxford (1877-84) and Two 'Small' Books (1879)p. 49
Principal and Professor of Political Economy at Bristol University College (1877-81, 1882-83)p. 50
A year in Sicily and Europe (1881-82)p. 52
Economics Lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford (1883-84)p. 53
A short book for beginners: The Economics of Industry (1879, 1881)p. 55
Pure theory of foreign trade and of domestic value (1879)p. 67
Professor at Cambridge (1885-1908) and Adviser to Governmentsp. 71
The present position of economics (1885)p. 72
Professorial teaching at Cambridge (1885-1908)p. 74
The nature of Marshall's Cambridge studentsp. 77
The new Economics and Politics Tripos (1903) and its consequencesp. 78
Giving advice to governmentsp. 81
Member of the Labour Commission (1891-94)p. 90
Writing and Revising the Principles (1882-1922)p. 94
Preparing the first edition of the Principles (1880-90)p. 95
The first edition (1890): contents and receptionp. 97
A dangerous interruption: breaking the flow with an early second edition (1891) and a summary, Elements of the Economics of Industry (1892)p. 102
An indefinitely postponed second volumep. 103
The final editions of the Principles, including the definitive eighth edition (1920)p. 106
The significance of the Principlesp. 111
Political and Social Thought: 'A Youthful Tendency to Socialism'; Changing Views on the Women's Issue; and a Taste for Advocacy and Occasional Controversyp. 116
Marshall's political and social thought - an overviewp. 117
A taste for occasionally initiating controversy: quarrels with Cunningham, Bohm-Bawerk and Pearsonp. 122
Housing policy, the poor, poor law reform and the Charity Organisation Societyp. 125
Member of learned economic societies and formation of the British Economic Association (later Royal Economic Society)p. 130
Marshall's shifting opinion on tertiary education (and degrees) for women at Cambridgep. 133
Concluding commentsp. 137
Retirement and Industry and Trade (1919): An Important Companion Volume to the Principlesp. 139
Retirement and final lecturep. 141
Electing Marshall's successor as Professor of Political Economyp. 143
Learning, writing and continuing contact with students and colleaguesp. 145
A principled war effort (1914-18)p. 147
Constructing the first 'companion volume' to the Principlesp. 150
Contents and reception of Industry and Tradep. 152
Conclusionp. 160
Final Years and Some Further Volumes (1919-24)p. 162
The sage in old age (1919-24)p. 163
Money, Credit and Commerce - writing, contents and receptionp. 168
A book on progress that never wasp. 173
Final days and death (July 1924)p. 179
Concluding remarksp. 183
A Rich and Enduring Legacyp. 185
A generous testatory dispositionp. 186
A substantial doctrinal legacyp. 189
Direct and indirect 'pupils' to form a Cambridge Schoolp. 193
Final concluding remarks on an enduring legacyp. 199
Bibliographyp. 201
Chronological Bibliography of Marshall's Writingsp. 204
Indexp. 207
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