Alfred S. Eichner Papers

Following materials are from Frederic Lee’s personal collection. 

D. L. Clark (1974), Studies in the Origins and Development of Growth Theory, 1925 – 1950.

Studies in the Origins and Development of Growth Theory, 1925 – 1950


D. L. Clark

Ph.D Dissertation
University of Sydney
March 1974

An extremely important dissertation that starts with Quesnay and Marx, deals with Leontief, Dmitriev, and Bortkiewicz, goes on to Austrian capital theory, Fritz Burchardt, and the Kiel School, and ends with Hobson, Ayres, and Adolph Lowe. This dissertation was extremely novel at the time it was written and remains so today since most heterodox economists have no idea who Burchardt, Lowe, and the Kiel School were. (FSL)

[Unfortunately the microfilm copy of the dissertation is not very good, so it will take some straining to read the dissertation.]

Table of Contents

Chapter I: Introduction

(a) On Historical Studies in Development
(b) On Growth Theory
(c) Aims and Scope of the Thesis

Chapter II: Prologue

(a) The Tableau Economique of Francois Quesnay
(b) Dynamic Aspects of the Tableau Economique
(c) The Reproduction Models of Karl Marx
(d) The Tableau Economique and the Reproduction Models

Chapter III: The Origins of Input-Output Analysis

(a) The Tableau Economique and Leontief’s Tableau
(b) Marx and Leontief
(c) Leontief and the Soviet Experiments with Input-Output Tables in the 1902s
(d) From Physiocracy to Walrasian General Equilibrium Theory: The Influence of A. N. Isnard
(e) Leontief and the Kiel School

Chapter IV: The Transformation Problem and the Theory of Capital and Growth [Part 1, pp. 114-136] [Part 2, pp. 137-167]

(a) Some Limitations of Input-Output Analysis
(b) An Outline of the Transformation Problem
(c) Solutions to the Transformation Problem: the Contributions of V. K. Dmitriev and L. von Bortkiewicz
(d) An Essential Digression: the ‘Classical’ Growth Model of J. von Neumann
(e) The Impact and Continuing Significance of the Transformation Problem

Chapter V: The Capital Controversies of the 1930s and the Contribution of the Kiel School

(a) The Austrian Theory of Capital: Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk’s Theory of Capital
(b) Knut Wicksell’s Revision of Böhm-Bawerk’s Theory of Capital
(c) The 1930s Controversies: F. A. Burchardt’s Critique of Austrian Capital Theory
(d) The Demise of the Kiel Tradition

Chapter VI: The Institutionalist Critique of Orthodox Dynamics

(a) Thorstein Veblen
(b) J. A. Hobson
(c) C. E. Ayres and B. S. Keirstead
(d) S. Merlin
(e) Adolph Lowe

Chapter VII: Precursors of Harrod-Domar Growth Models

(a) Soviet Dynamics of the 1920s: The Feldman Model
(b) A Polish Marxist: Michal Kalecki
(c) Japanese Experiments with the Reproduction Models
(d) A Related Swedish Model: G. Cassel’s Model of a Regularly Expanding Economy

Chapter VIII: Conclusion [and pp. 264-270]


Maurice Dobb Papers

Maurice Dobb Archive, Trinity College Library, Cambridge

  1. Theories of Distribution from Ricardo to Sraffa
  2. Nuti’s comments on Dobb’s “Some Reflections on the Sraffa System and the Critique of the so-called Neo-Classical Theory of Value and Distribution”
  3. Correspondence: Pasinetti, Steedman
  4. Sweezy Correspondence
  5. Pasinetti Correspondence [14/1/1974][4/3/1974]
  6. Draft of Paragraph
  7. Recent Trends in Economic Theory in Britain and America
  8. Nuti’s “The Transformation of Labour Values into Production Prices and the Marxian Theory of Exploitation
  9. Lecture on Marxism and the Crisis in Economics
  10. Some Notes
  11. A Critical Review of Recent Tendencies in Bourgeois Economic Thought
  12. Lecture on ‘Some Recent Topics of Discussion in Bourgeois Economic Theory’
  13. The Seminars on Marxism and a Letter to Sraffa
  14. A Note on the Discussion
  15. The ‘Crisis’ in Economic Theory: some random comments on the debate

Note: The above material from the Dobb Papers were used in my book: F. Lee, A History of Heterodox Economics: Challenging the mainstream in the twentieth century, Routledge, 2009. You might want to read the relevant chapters so to gain an understanding of the historical context of the above material.

Oxford Political Economy and Sydney Ball

Ronald Meek Papers

The following papers were obtained from Mrs. Meek circa 1998. The originals remain with Mrs. Meek. Ronald Meek was a professor at the University of Leicester when he died; and it appears that all of his papers were destroyed at this time. At least I could not find any. In any case, I was teaching at De Montfort University at this time and was beginning to work on the history of heterodox economics, which was eventually published in 2009. Because Meek was part of this history I contacted Mrs. Meek to see if she had any papers. She did, but not very much, and mostly from the 1970s. I hope you find what I obtained from Mrs. Meek of interest.

William Beveridge Papers

Oxford Economics and Oxford Economists 1922-1971

E. L. Hargreaves

Research Assessment Exercise, Rankings of Journals, and other Materials

Heterodox Economics Directory

  • 5th Edition (pdf) January 2013, complied and edited by Tae-Hee Jo
  • 4th Edition (pdf), January 2011, complied and edited by Tae-Hee Jo
  • 3rd Edition (pdf), September 2008, compiled and edited by Frederic S. Lee
  • 2nd Edition (pdf), May 2005, complied and edited by Frederic S. Lee, Steve Cohn, Geoffrey Schneider, and Paddy Quick
  • 1st Edition (pdf), January 2005, complied and edited by Frederic S. Lee, Steve Cohn, Geoffrey Schneider, and Paddy Quick