Economist as public intellectual: Max Corden's journey through life

Premachandra Athukorala, Hal Hill, Sisira Jayasuriya

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    This paper examines the intellectual contributions of Professor W. M. (‘Max’) Corden to Economics. We focus on three main fields: trade theory and practice, especially his pioneering work on the theory of effective protection; open economy macroeconomics, including exchange rate policy, the international monetary system, Dutch Disease and economic crises; and Australian economic policy. We emphasise Max's motivation for working on these topics, as he sought to understand real-world economic issues and challenges and to employ economic theory and expositional clarity in search of policy reform. We also draw attention to his personal life history, and how it has shaped his thinking on major economic and political questions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1472-1483
    JournalThe World Economy
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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