Sudha Shenoy

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Sudha Shenoy
Born 1943
Died 2008
Nationality Indian & Australian
Field Austrian economics, Economic history
School or
Austrian School

Sudha Shenoy, PhD (1943–2008) was an Austrian School economist and economic historian. From 1986 to 2004, she worked as a lecturer in economics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. She was an Honorary Associate in Economic History at the School of Policy and an adjunct scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Shenoy’s father was Professor Bellikoth Raghunath Shenoy, an eminent Indian economist who studied under Friedrich Hayek at the London School of Economics.

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Shenoy published many articles on economic history and economic development and also compiled and edited Friedrich Hayek’s book A Tiger by the Tail: The Keynesian Legacy of Inflation.

Shenoy was a strong advocate of free trade and a critic of central planning and the welfare state. She once told Lew Rockwell that Australia was “freer than the US.” When Rockwell asked why, she replied: “Because Australia never had a civil war, and so we still have states' rights.” She added: “Jefferson was correct about competitive sovereignty helping to preserve liberty.”[1]

She was also highly critical of mainstream economics and especially the widespread adoption in mainstream economics of the methods of the natural sciences; she believed that, as a result of this methodology, mainstream economics was hopelessly removed from the real world.[2] In a 2003 interview, she commented that:

I’m prepared to say that nearly every economics department in the world could be shut down without having an ill-effect on the world of ideas.


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