Geoffrey Harcourt

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Geoff Harcourt

Born (1931-06-27) 27 June 1931 (age 90)
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Geoffrey Colin Harcourt AC (born 27 June 1931) is an Australian academic economist who is a leading member of the post-Keynesian school. He studied at the University of Melbourne and then at King's College, Cambridge.



After studying economics at the University of Melbourne he moved to the University of Cambridge, where he received his doctorate. In 1958 he moved to the University of Adelaide as a lecturer and was appointed to a chair in Economics at Adelaide in 1967. (He was a University Lecturer at Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall 1964–66, on leave without pay from Adelaide). He was a University Lecturer (1982–90) and Reader (1990–98) in the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge and a Fellow and College Lecturer in Economics, Jesus College, Cambridge, 1982–98, and was President of Jesus College Cambridge, 1988–89 and 1990–92.

He has made major contributions to the understanding of the ideas of Keynes, Joan Robinson and other Cambridge economists. He has also made important contributions in his own right to post-Keynesian and post-Kaleckian theory. A review article [2] of one of his volumes of 'Selected Essays' argues that (i) insofar as he has written on capital theory, it has been as an innovator and not as a mere raconteur, and (ii) that he has developed his own suite of post-Keynesian models – this is evident, for example, in his 1965 paper “A two-sector model of the distribution of income and the level of employment in the short-run” which is reprinted in The Social Science Imperialists: Selected Essays of G.C. Harcourt (edited by Prue Kerr).

He is married to Joan Harcourt and they have four children: Wendy Harcourt, a full professor at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam [3] (married to Claudio Sardoni, honorary professor at La Sapienza University of Rome, with two children, Caterina Sardoni and Emma Claire Sardoni); Robert Harcourt, a marine ecology professor at Macquarie University; Tim Harcourt, also an economist [4] (married to Jo Bosben); and Rebecca Harcourt, program manager for Indigenous business education at the University of New South Wales.


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  2. "dr. Wendy Harcourt". International Institute of Social Studies. Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  3. "An economist for the people", Gareth Hutchens, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 2011.
  4. "Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Colin Harcout". Australian Honours Search Facility, Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  5. "Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Colin HARCOURT AO". Australian Honours Search Facility, Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 10 October 2020.

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