The Appointment of the ANU's First Professor of Economics

History of Economics Review, No. 46, pp. 1-18, Summer 2007

Posted: 19 Dec 2007

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Selwyn Cornish

Australian National University (ANU) - Faculty of Economics & Commerce

Abstract

The Australian National University (ANU) was established in 1946 by an Act of the Commonwealth Parliament. This study reviews the University's search for an inaugural professor of economics. After three frustrating years of trying to attract some of the biggest names in economics from Britain and the United States, the appointment went to Trevor Swan, formerly Chief Economist at the Department for Postwar Reconstruction. Consideration is given to the role of W. Keith Hancock, who was in charge of the search, in this long and protracted process.

Suggested Citation

Cornish, Selwyn, The Appointment of the ANU's First Professor of Economics. History of Economics Review, No. 46, pp. 1-18, Summer 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1077022

Selwyn Cornish (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Faculty of Economics & Commerce ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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