The Legacy of Hicks: His Contributions to Economic Analysis

The Legacy of Hicks: His Contributions to Economic Analysis

The Legacy of Hicks: His Contributions to Economic Analysis

The Legacy of Hicks: His Contributions to Economic Analysis

Synopsis

Sir John Hicks made a major contribution to almost every aspect of modern economic theory. His diverse and inventive work has left a huge impression on the discipline.
Contributors: Christopher Bliss, Oxford University; John S. Chipman, University of Minnesota; Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Vanderbilt University; Richard Goodwin, University of Siena; Frank H. Hahn, Cambridge University; John D. Hey, University of York; Charles M. Kennedy, University of Kent; David Laidler, University of Western Ontario; Axel Leijonhufvud, University of California, Los Angeles; Robin C. O. Matthews, Cambridge University; Michio Morishima, London School of Economics; Kurt W. Rothschild, Vienna; Robin Rowley, McGill University; Roberto Scazzieri, University of Bologna.

Excerpt

Harald Hagemann and O.F. Hamouda

The idea of gathering into a volume essays in honour of Sir John Hicks occurred to us a few years ago. His sudden death in May 1989 has strengthened our desire to go ahead with producing The Legacy of Hicks. This volume is thus a collection of essays written in his memory.

Sir John Hicks made a significant impact on almost every aspect of modern economic theory. He wrote more than fifteen books and over 200 articles that have all left a mark on the discipline. the articles in this volume not only stress his contribution to economics in general but also consider Hicks's impact on the specific foundations of economic theory as perceived by the contributors, a special group of scholars.

The objective of The Legacy of Hicks was to put together in one volume a dozen essays written by authors (Hicks's friends, colleagues or former students) who each not only are familiar with Hicks's contributions in a particular field, but also have made a contribution in the same area. For many, Hicks and economics have become almost synonymous, and from this perspective the volume will be viewed as an assessment of the evolution of the discipline of economics in the last five decades. in a look backward in each essay, Hicks's work is related to that of authors who influenced him. As a whole, however, The Legacy of Hicks looks forward and suggests which of the many contributions of Hicks will be remembered by future generations and where he left unfinished work for future economists to pursue. the volume thus encapsulates the achievement of the prolific self-critical economist, Sir John Hicks, and also assesses the influence his work has had and will continue to have.

There are numerous scholars whose interest or personal relationship to Hicks, as admirers, antagonists or observers, qualifies them to write and discuss Hicks's work both in retrospect and prospect. For our project we invited many of these scholars to contribute. the positive response was more than overwhelming. Some, Hicks's especially close contemporaries, although they wanted to participate, were unable to do so in the tight time limit we had set for submissions. It is without doubt that those scholars who did accept to contribute have all, each with a very personal touch, shed interesting light on

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