Collage with Woman
in Foreground
here’s to you, mrs. robinson
Joan Robinson was one of the most original and prolific economists of
the twentieth century and unquestionably the most important woman in
the history of economic thought. In the latter regard, no one else comes
close, not even the abundantly gifted Rosa Luxemburg, the Marxist econo-
mist and political leader whose work she came to admire in the 1940s.
Her publications in economic theory began in 1932 and ended two years
after her death, in 1983. A comprehensive but incomplete bibliography
compiled by Cristina Marcuzzo (1996) runs to 443 items, a body of work
that covers most of economic theory: production, distribution, employ-
ment, accumulation, innovation, and economic growth as well as meth-
odological and philosophical reflections and contributions to the study of
economic education. Since 1933, there has been an extensive and lively lit-
erature on Robinsonia. It has grown considerably since her death and the
centenary of her birth in 1903.1 A book on her life and work by Geoffrey
Harcourt, her Cambridge colleague and friend of many years, and Prue
Kerr, her student and friend, is in preparation.
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