Joan Robinson

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Joan Violet Robinson FBA (née Maurice; 31 October 1903 – 5 August 1983) was a British economist known for her wide-ranging contributions to economic theory. One of the most prominent economists of the century, Joan Robinson incarnated the "Cambridge School" in most of its guises in the 20th century: she started as a cutting-edge Marshallian and after 1936; as one of the earliest and most ardent Keynesians and finally as one of the leaders of the Neo-Ricardian and Post Keynesian schools.  Robinson's contributions to economics are far too numerous to elucidate fairly. Unlike most economists, she was not a "one idea" person, but rather made many many fundamental contributions to very different areas of economics. Robinson studied Karl Marx, later becoming a Maoist, and was a central figure in what became known as post-Keynesian economics.

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Joan Violet Maurice

(1903-10-31)31 October 1903
Surrey, England
Died5 August 1983(1983-08-05) (aged 79)
Cambridge, England
Academic career
FieldMonetary economics
School or
Post-Keynesian economics
InfluencesAdam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Piero Sraffa, Michał Kalecki
ContributionsJoan Robinson's growth model
Amoroso–Robinson relation
Monopsony theory

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