James Edward Meade

(1907—1995) economist

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Meade was born in on 23 June 1907 in Swanage, Dorset and died in Cambridge on 22 December 1995. He studied at Malvern College, and at Oriel College, Oxford. Switching from classics, he obtained a first in philosophy, politics and economics in 1930. He then obtained a fellowship at Hertford College, a condition of which was that he spend a year in post-graduate study; he spent 1930–1 at Trinity College, Cambridge supervised by Dennis robertson, with whom his family had connections, before returning to Oxford, where he became a lecturer in economics. There he became involved in the ‘circus’ – the group centred on Richard kahn, to whom Robertson had directed him, that was discussing the ideas that were to develop into keynes’s General Theory. During his time at Oxford he wrote a textbook, Economic Analysis and Economic Policy (1936), that contains the starting point for much of his future work.


From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.

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