Howard R. Vane

Howard R. Vane is Professor of Economics at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. His main teaching/research interests lie in the area of macroeconomics (in particular the origins, development and current state of macroeconomics). He has coauthored/ edited eleven books and has had articles published in a wide range of journals. His most recent books (with Brian Snowdon) include: A Modern Guide To Macroeconomics: An Introduction To Competing Schools Of Thought (Edward Elgar, 1994); A Macroeconomics Reader (Routledge, 1997); Reflections On The Development Of Modern Macroeconomics (Edward Elgar, 1997); Conversations With Leading Economists: Interpreting Modern Macroeconomics (Edward Elgar, 1999); and An Encyclopaedia of Macroeconomics (forthcoming, Edward Elgar).

Papers Published in World Economics:

Milton Friedman, 1912–2006

Milton Friedman is best known as the founding father and leading exponent of the monetarist school of macroeconomic thought, and for championing the case for the efficacy of free markets in a wide variety of contexts. Without doubt, Friedman’s ideas have influenced the research agenda of a whole generation of economists as well as those who influence public policy throughout the world. Friedman’s extraordinary gifts of communicating complicated ideas allowed him to become one of the very few economists who are well known outside the economics profession. As well as his many scientific contributions, Friedman sought to communicate his views on a wide range of issues to non-economists. His gift for writing about topics in applied economics, accessible to a mass audience, established Friedman as one of the world’s most famous economists. Throughout his professional academic life, because of his high public profile, the ideas of Milton Friedman certainly aroused strong reactions from both opponents and supporters, and, until very recently, with respect to many of his ideas, he swam against a strong and extremely hostile tide of opinion. However, whatever view is held about Friedman’s libertarian political and economic philosophy, most commentators would agree that his recent passing brings to an end the life of the last great economist guru of the twentieth century. In this paper, Brian Snowdon and Howard Vane review his most influential contributions to economic analysis and political economy.

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The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

In October 2003 the latest recipients of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics were announced. Since its inception in 1969, 53 economists have been awarded the Prize. A closer look at the biographical details of the Nobel Memorial Laureates—including their broad field of study, citizenship, university affiliation and place of doctoral training—provides some interesting insights into likely future winners. This paper offers a set of criteria which, to date, the overwhelming majority of recipients of the award have to some extent met.

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James Tobin, 1918–2002
Author: An interview with introduction by Brian Snowdon & Howard Vane

Professor James Tobin, who died on 11 March 2002, was possibly the most eminent of the world’s ‘Keynesian’ economists. Described by Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson as “the archetype of a late-twentieth century American scholar”, Tobin was without doubt one of the most influential economists of his time who inspired a whole generation of students. In this interview, Professor Tobin discusses the progress and development of economics in the second half of the twentieth century.

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