Heinz Arndt

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Heinz Arndt
Born Heinz Wolfgang Arndt
26 February 1915
Breslau, Germany
Died 6 May 2002
Canberra, Australia
Occupation economist, lecturer, editor, author
Nationality Australian
Genre Economics
Notable works

The Economic Lessons of the Nineteen Thirties
The Australian Trading Banks
The Rise and

Fall of Economic Growth: A Study of Contemporary Thought
Notable awards Bintang Jasa Pratama (Indonesian Presidential Medal of Merit) (1995)
Spouse Ruth (née Strohsahl)
Children Christopher

Heinz Wolfgang Arndt (26 February 1915 - 6 May 2002) was an Australian economist.[1]


Heinz Wolfgang Arndt was born in Breslau, Germany in 1915, the eldest son of Fritz Georg Arndt (1885-1969) and Julia (née Heimann). Arndt gained two degrees at Oxford and taught at the London School of Economics and Manchester University before settling in Australia in 1946. In 1950, he took up a chairmanship in economics at the then Canberra University College. He became head of the department at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS) at the Australian National University (ANU) in 1963. He held this position until retiring in 1980. One of his main activities as head of the department was his establishment and management of the Indonesia Project which sponsors research on the Indonesian economy. As part of his activities with the Indonesia Project he established the academic journal Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES).

Arndt died in a car crash in Canberra in May 2002.[2] He was on his way to attend the funeral of his close friend Sir Leslie Melville, at which he was to deliver a eulogy.[3]

Arndt was President of the Economic Society of Australia and New Zealand, and President of Section G (Economics) of ANZAAS. He wrote or co-wrote seven books, edited two collections of articles by various authors on the Australian economy, published six collections of his own essays, and produced more than a hundred articles, reports, book reviews and published lectures.

He was also editor of the magazine Quadrant.[4]

Arndt had three children, Christopher, Nicholas and well known sex therapist Bettina Arndt.


  • The Economic Lessons of the Nineteen-Thirties (1944) London: Oxford University Press
  • The Australian Trading Banks (1957) Melbourne: Cheshire
  • The Australian Economy: A Volume of Readings (ed. with W.M. Corden) (1963) Melbourne: Cheshire
  • Taxation in Australia: Agenda for Reform (with R.I. Downing and others) (1964) Melbourne: Melbourne University Press
  • Some Factors in Economic Growth in Europe during the 1950s (official publication; co-author) (1964) Geneva: United Nations
  • A Small Rich Industrial Country: Studies in Australian Development, Trade and Aid (1968) Melbourne: Cheshire
  • Three times 18: an essay in political biography Quadrant, May–June 1969
  • The Australian Economy: a Second Volume of Readings (ed. with A.H. Boxer) (1972) Melbourne: Cheshire
  • Australia. OECD Economic Survey (official publication; co-author) (1973) Paris: OECD
  • The Rise and Fall of Economic Growth. A Study in Contemporary Thought (1978) Melbourne: Longman Cheshire.
  • The World Economic Crisis. A Commonwealth Perspective (co-author with A.K. Cairncross and others) (1980) London: Commonwealth Secretariat
  • The Indonesian Economy – Collected Papers (1984) Singapore: Chopman Publications
  • A Course Through Life: Memoirs of an Australian Economist (1985) Canberra: ANU
  • Asian Diaries (1987) Singapore: Chopman Publications
  • Economic Development: The History of an Idea (1987) Chicago: Chicago University Press
  • Fifty Years of Development Studies (1993) Canberra: ANU
  • Essays in International Economics, 1944-1994 (1996) London: Avery
  • Southeast Asia's Economic Crisis (co-author with Hal Hill) (1999) St. Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin
  • Essays in Biography: Australian Economists Supplement to History of Economics Review, No. 32, Summer 2000.
  • The Importance of Money. Essays in Domestic Macroeconomics 1949-1999 (2001) Abingdon: Ashgate.


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