An Analysis of the Content and Quality of Joan Robinson’s 1953 Book, on Re-Reading Marx: What It Demonstrates About Her Ability to Do Independent Research Without R. Kahn’s Help

34 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2018

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Michael Emmett Brady

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Date Written: January 16, 2018

Abstract

The quality of J. Robinson’s short book, On Re-reading Marx, is so poor that it calls into question her capability to do research independent from the constant help, supervision and aid of Richard Kahn. The three essays, in fact, demonstrate and reflect her own actual ability to do economic research independent from R. Kahn. None of the three essays shows that she has mastered any area of economics except the first six weeks of a principles of economics course in microeconomics and the ability to name drop. The three articles are complete intellectual disasters and would never have been sent out by any journal editor for reviewing if they had been submitted for publication to any extant economics journal in the 1950’s.

The conclusion reached is that R. Kahn’s name should be added before J. Robinson’s name in nearly all of her publications, starting with the 1933 book, The Economics of Imperfect Competition.

Keywords: J. Robinson, R. Kahn, Keynes, Mathematical Illiteracy, A. Robinson

JEL Classification: B10, B12, B14, B16, B20, B22

Suggested Citation

Brady, Michael Emmett, An Analysis of the Content and Quality of Joan Robinson’s 1953 Book, on Re-Reading Marx: What It Demonstrates About Her Ability to Do Independent Research Without R. Kahn’s Help (January 16, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3102792 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3102792

Michael Emmett Brady (Contact Author)

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