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G C Harcourt

Geoff Harcourt is Reader in the History of Economic Theory, Emeritus, University of Cambridge, Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge and Professor Emeritus, University of Adelaide. Degrees and honours include: BCom (hons), MCom (Melbourne), PhD (Cambridge), LittD (Cambridge), LittD Honorary, De Montfort University), DCom (Honorary, University of Melbourne), D.h.c.rer.pol. (Honorary, University of Fribourg, Switzerland). AcSS (2003), AO (1994), Distinguished Fellow, Economic Society of Australia (1996), Honorary Fellow of Queen's College, University of Melbourne (1998), Distinguished Fellow, History of Economics Society, USA (2004), Honorary Member, European Society for the History of Economic Thought (2004), Patron of Foundation for European Economic Development (2009), Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College at Adelaide University (2010), Veblen-Commons Award of the Association for Evolutionary Economics, USA (2010).

As noted on the Geoffrey Harcourt Visiting Professorship webpage at the University of Adelaide, "Geoff Harcourt is a man who makes an impression — whether as a distinguished academic, a gregarious storyteller, or an influential teacher." Geoff Harcourt is perhaps best known for his role in the Cambridge Capital Theory Controversies through his famous reviews such as Some Cambridge Controversies in the Theory of Capital (1969, 1972). A student and colleague of Joan Robinson, Richard Kahn, Piero Sraffa, Nicholas Kaldor and Maurice Dobb, amongst others, Harcourt's contributions to Sraffian and Post-Keynesian theory are wide-ranging and include his Cantabrigian two- sector model (1965), his investment model (1976), A 'Second Edition' of The General Theory (with P.A. Riach, 1997) and The Structure of Post-Keynesian Economics (2006). Harcourt is also the author of numerous intellectual biographies of leading contributors to Post-Keynesian and heterodox economics, such as most recently Joan Robinson (with P. Kerr, 2009). No mere theorist, Harcourt has been engaged with economic policy and policy debates to further egalitarian progress and change for many decades. In this view the hallmark of Post-Keynesian economics is the need to apply real world economics to deal with real world problems .

Documents for download:
G C Harcourt - Curriculum Vitae
Conference slideshow (warning: very large file - 194Mb)


This interview was conducted by Professor Alan McFarlane on 15th May 2007. Professor McFarlane is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science and a Life Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.