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W. Arthur Lewis and the Birth of Development Economics

Robert L. Tignor


W. Arthur Lewis was one of the foremost intellectuals, economists, and political activists of the twentieth century. This book, the first intellectual biography of Lewis, traces Lewis's life from its beginnings on the small island of St. Lucia to Lewis's arrival at Princeton University in the early 1960s. A chronicle of Lewis's unfailing efforts to promote racial justice and decolonization, it provides a history of development economics as seen through the life of one of its most important founders. If there were a record for the number of “firsts” achieved by one man during his lifetime, Lewi ... More

Keywords: W. Arthur Lewis, racial justice, decolonization, black professor, African descent, development economics, colonized territory, economic growth, colonialism, third-world countries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691202617
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691202617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert L. Tignor, author
Princeton University