Arnold Plant

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Sir Arnold Plant
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Born 1898
Died 19 April 1978 (aged 79–80)
Nationality British
Influences David Hume,[1] Edwin Cannan[1]

Sir Arnold Plant (1898 – 19 April 1978) was a British economist.[2]

Plant was born in Hoxton, London, the son of a municipal librarian.[1] After attending Strand School, he worked for a mechanical engineering organisation. At the advice of William Piercy, he set out to learn about management. He obtained a BCom degree (1922) and a BSc degree in Economics (1923; specialising in modern economic history) from the London School of Economics.[1]

He worked as a professor at the University of Cape Town (1923–1930) and at the London School of Economics (1930–1965).[2]

Plant's 1934 paper on patents, "The Economic Theory Concerning Patents for Inventions",[3] is considered a classic.

In 1947, he was knighted.[2] [4]

Published work (selection)[edit]

  • Plant, Arnold (February 1932). "Trends in Business Administration". Economica (35): 45–62. 
  • Plant, Arnold (February 1934). "The Economic Theory Concerning Patents for Inventions". Economica. New Series. 1 (1): 30–51. doi:10.2307/2548573. JSTOR 2548573. 
  • Plant, Arnold (May 1934). "The Economic Aspects of Copyright in Books". Economica. New Series. 1 (2): 167–195. doi:10.2307/2548748. JSTOR 2548748. 
  • Plant, Arnold (May 1939). "An African Survey". Economica. New Series. 6 (22): 205–212. doi:10.2307/2548933. JSTOR 2548933. 


  1. ^ a b c d e Coase, Ronald H. (1995). "12: Arnold Plant". Essays on Economics and Economists. University of Chicago Press. pp. 176–184. ISBN 0-226-11102-4.
  2. ^ a b c Yame, B. S. (1980). "Professor Sir Arnold Plant, 1898–1978". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (General). 143 (1): 92. 
  3. ^ Arnold Plant, "The Economic Theory Concerning Patents for Inventions", Economica: New Series, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb., 1934), pp. 30-51; reprinted in Arnold Plant, Selected Economic Essays and Addresses 35 (1974).
  4. ^ Kitch, Edmund W. (October 1977). "The Nature and Function of the Patent System". Journal of Law and Economics. 20 (2): 265–290. doi:10.1086/466903. 

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