Department of Economics

Posts about the history of the Department of Economics at LSE.

“Bearded and rather an oddity” – Basil Bunting at LSE

While the roll call of LSE alumni features notable journalists and novelists, one important literary figure associated with the School doesn’t feature, because he left without graduating, writes Dan Bennett. His name was Basil Bunting, and along with careers as a spy and sea captain, he was one of the key British poets of the twentieth century.

Born in 1900 […]

Baroness Stocks – economist and activist

Mary Danvers Stocks was a life-long activist. A teenage member of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, she went on to achieve a first class BSc in Economics from LSE then taught at the School during the First World War. As well as an extensive academic career, she campaigned for issues from the ordination of women priests and equal pay to […]

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    Edwin Cannan (1861-1935) – economist, local councillor and cyclist

Edwin Cannan (1861-1935) – economist, local councillor and cyclist

8 April 2015 marked the 80th anniversary of the death of political economist Edwin Cannan. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly introduces the man who from the opening of the School in 1895 until his retirement in 1926 was the leading economist at LSE.

Edwin Cannan was born in Madeira, where the family lived because of his mother’s poor health. By the […]

Nicholas Barr remembers Bill Phillips

On the hundredth anniversary of LSE economist and inventor Bill Phillips’ birth, Professor Nicholas Barr remembers the adventures and achievements of his former teacher.

AWH ‘Bill’ Phillips (1914-1975) is famous as the originator of the Phillips Curve. Less well-known is his adventurous early life, extraordinary war record and unorthodox entry into an academic career. The son of a New Zealand dairy farmer, […]