He wrote more than 30 books and 400 articles.
The award of Companion in the Order of Australia in 2018 cites his
eminent service to higher education as an academic economist and author, particularly in the fields of post-Keynesian economics, capital theory and economic thought.
He was a distinguished fellow of the Economic Society of Australia in 1996 among numerous other honours.
An historian of ideas
Geoff gained his first class honours degree at the University of Melbourne. It was there he made a life-long commitment to work toward alleviating poverty and against social and racial discrimination.
He was not just an ivory tower academic. He worked with some colleagues on the very practical 1974 “Adelaide Plan”, which proposed disallowing tax deductions for wage increases above a certain level as a means of reining rampant inflation.Family
In 1979, during the term of the Fraser Coalition government, he drafted an economic policy programme for a future Labor government. He later joked that Hawke followed it for “at least a good half-hour”.
A Cambridge man
While always Australian, he was also very much a Cambridge man. He visited there to lecture in 1964-1966, 1972-1973 and 1980. He moved there on a more permanent basis from 1982 to 1998.
Some of his best-known work revolved around Cambridge. He wrote on the “Cambridge controversies”. This refers to an argument about the nature of capital between economists from the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He co-wrote the definitive intellectual biography of famous Cambridge economist Joan Robinson. (Geoff, like many others, thought she should have been the first woman to win the Economics Nobel Prize.)
Both authors of this hastily-written obituary remember Geoff with great affection.
The review will feature a tribute to Geoff in due course.
- ^ Geoffrey Harcourt AC (www.geoffharcourt.com)
- ^ wrote (link.springer.com)
- ^ Nicky Kaldor (www.jstor.org)
- ^ Ronald Henderson (adb.anu.edu.au)
- ^ Geoff Harcourt: Why treasurers should go back to economics school (theconversation.com)
- ^ prices-wages accords (theconversation.com)
- ^ Jim Cairns (treasury.gov.au)
- ^ Family (www.geoffharcourt.com)
- ^ Tim Harcourt (www.smh.com.au)
- ^ president of Jesus College (www.jesus.cam.ac.uk)
- ^ Geoff Harcourt: climate challenge calls for a rethink of economics (theconversation.com)
- ^ Cambridge controversies (www.jstor.org)
- ^ Joan Robinson (www.jstor.org)
- ^ post-Keynesian economics (www.ppesydney.net)
- ^ History of Economics Review (www.tandfonline.com)
Authors: John Hawkins, Senior Lecturer, Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society and NATSEM, University of Canberra