Allyn Young (1876-1929) was a deep thinker and achieved fame during his lifetime. His fame owes more to his style and influence as a teacher than his published work. His greatest fame as an author rests on a single economic paper on increasing returns and economic progress but he contributed much more as a mentor to his graduate students such as Frank Knight, Edward Chamberlin, and Lauchlin Currie at Harvard and to the undergraduate Nicholas Kaldor at the London School of Economics. He shot into international fame for his role as a member of the American delegation led by President Woodrow Wilson to negotiate peace at Paris after WWI. However, recent interest in Young is more due to his thought than to his contribution to the economics profession or public service. At the time of his death, he was working on two treatises, one on Money and the other on Economics. The one on Money was at a fairly advanced stage but no trace of either was found in his family’s hasty departure from London after his untimely death.
There is a general dearth of published material about Young, his thought and his life. His economic thought, apart from his views on growth theory and monetary economics, is relatively unknown. This volume offers a thematic approach to his contributions and biography.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Intellectual Influences on Allyn Young
Chapter 3. Nature, Scope and Method of Economics
Chapter 4. Allyn Young’s Contribution to Growth Theory
Chapter 5. Allyn Young’s Contribution to Economic Theory
Chapter 6. Allyn Young on Applied Economics
Chapter 7. Allyn Young on Money, Banking and Business Cycles
Chapter 8. Allyn Young’s Role as an Author, Teach and Mentor
Chapter 9. Young’s Estimate of his Contemporaries and Earlier Economists
Chapter 10. Concluding Remarks
Ramesh Chandra received his PhD in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, UK, and studied economics at the Delhi School of Economics, University of California (Berkeley) and University of Glasgow. He has held professorships at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration and Indian Council of Research on International Economic Relations, India, among others. His research interests include Trade Policy and Growth, the relationship between Economic Thought and Development Economics, and the History of Economic Thought. He has published extensively in journals such as The Manchester School, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Asian Economics, Review of Political Economy, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Studies and Journal of Economic Issues.
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