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New evidence on Allyn Young’s style and influence as a teacher

  • Roger J. Sandilands

Reproduces the main texts of hitherto unpublished reminiscences of the style and influence, as a teacher, of Allyn Abbott Young (1876-1929) by 17 of his distinguished students. They include Bertil Ohlin, Nicholas Kaldor, James Angell, Lauchlin Currie, Colin Clark, Howard Ellis, Frank Fetter, Earl Hamilton, and Melvin Knight (brother of Frank Knight who, with Edward Chamberlin, was perhaps Young’s most famous PhD student). There has recently been a revival of interest in Young’s influence on US monetary thought and in his theory of economic growth based on endogenous increasing returns. These recollections of his students (addressed to Young’s biographer, Charles Blitch) shed light on why Young has, at least until recently, been renowned more for his massive erudition than for his published writings.

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Journal of Economic Studies.

Volume (Year): 26 (1999)
Issue (Month): 6 (October)
Pages: 453-480

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Handle: RePEc:eme:jespps:v:26:y:1999:i:6:p:453-480
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