This article examines how Arthur Lewis adopted and adapted classical concepts in his approach to development. The Lewis 1954 model is set in the context of other growth and development models put forward at the time by Roy Harrod, Evsey Domar, Trevor Swan, Nicholas Kaldor, Robert Solow, Ragnar Nurkse, Paul Rosenstein-Rodan, and Hla Myint. The heuristic role of the history of economic thought in Lewis’s works is discussed, as well as the influence of his London School of Economics background.
When the History of Ideas Meets Theory: Arthur Lewis and the Classical Economists on Development
Mauro Boianovsky is professor of economics at the Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil), where he teaches history of economic thought and growth economics. He has published a number of articles in professional journals and chapters in books. He has also edited volumes and coauthored a book on the history of disequilibrium macroeconomics. He is past president of the History of Economics Society (2016–17).
Mauro Boianovsky; When the History of Ideas Meets Theory: Arthur Lewis and the Classical Economists on Development. History of Political Economy 1 December 2018; 50 (S1): 172–190. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182702-7033920
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