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|Born||23 June 1907|
|Died||22 December 1995(aged 88)|
|Institution||University of Cambridge|
London School of Economics
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Influences||John Maynard Keynes|
|Contributions||Theory of international trade and international capital movements|
|Awards||Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1977)|
|Information at IDEAS / RePEc|
James Edward Meade CB, FBA (23 June 1907 – 22 December 1995) was a British economist and winner of the 1977 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with the Swedish economist Bertil Ohlin for their "Pathbreaking contribution to the theory of international trade and international capital movements."
Meade was born in Swanage, Dorset. He was educated at Malvern College and attended Oriel College, Oxford in 1926 to read Greats, but switched to Philosophy, Politics and Economics and gained an outstanding first. His interest in economics grew from an influential postgraduate year at Trinity College, Cambridge (1930–31), where he held frequent discussions with leading economists of the time including Dennis Robertson and John Maynard Keynes.
After working in the League of Nations and the Cabinet Office, he was the leading economist of the early years of Attlee's government, before taking professorships at LSE (1947–57) and Cambridge (1957–67).
Meade died in Cambridge at the age of 88.
His many books include:
- The Theory of International Economic Policy– The Balance of Payments (1951)
- The Theory of International Economic Policy– Trade and Welfare (1955)
- Principles of Political Economy (1965–76)
- The Intelligent Radical's Guide To Economic Policy (1975)
- Liberty, Equality and Efficiency (1993)
- Dorrance, Graeme; Leeson, Robert (1997), Obituary: James Edward Meade CB FBA, 1907–1995, Economics Department, Murdoch University
- Obituary, The Independent
- Obituary, The New York Times
- "Pathbreaking contribution to the theory of international trade and international capital movements"
- Short autobiography by James Meade
- Catalogue of the Meade papers at the Archives Division of the London School of Economics.
- Collection of James Meade, British Library of Political and Economic Science (includes a biographical sketch)
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