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Published on Jan 2, 2013
Professor Jan Toporowski's Inaugural Lecture at SOAS, University of London.
Oskar Lange (1904-1965) and Michał Kalecki (1899-1970) are the two Polish economists who had a major impact on economics in the twentieth century; principally on Marxian and Keynesian economics, but also on development economics. The lecture examines their legacy and why they should be in the mainstream of economics in the twenty-first century.
Jan Toporowski studied Economics at Birkbeck College, London, and the University of Birmingham. He worked in fund management for the Church Commissioners for England, as an international economist for Standard Chartered Bank and the Economist Intelligence Unit and, most recently in 2005, as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bank of Finland. In 2003 he joined SOAS with a Leverhulme Fellowship to write an intellectual biography of Kalecki, an endeavour that continues to be frustrated by his duties as Head of the Department of Economics since 2009.