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Interview with Emeritus Professor H.M. (Ted) Kolsen


  • Bruce Littleboy

    (School of Economics, University of Queensland)


TThis interview is a partial biography of Ted Kolsen, who migrated to Australia after the Second World War. It is an oral history of an orphan boy sent to England to escape the Nazis. It touches on his time in a Barnado orphanage, his military service in post-War Germany, his work in Australia training as toolmaker, his undergraduate study, his time at the LSE doing a PhD, his work on transport economics, his ascent to a Chair at the University of Queensland, and his appointment onto the Interstate Commission to report to the Commonwealth government on transport policy. The interview illuminates both post-war social history and how economists strive to apply theory to complex practical problems.

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  • Bruce Littleboy, 2020. "Interview with Emeritus Professor H.M. (Ted) Kolsen," Discussion Papers Series 623, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Handle: RePEc:qld:uq2004:623

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    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • N77 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Africa; Oceania
    • R49 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Other

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