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CHARLES FEINSTEIN (1932–2005), AND BRITISH HISTORICAL NATIONAL ACCOUNTS

Offer, Avner (2008): CHARLES FEINSTEIN (1932–2005), AND BRITISH HISTORICAL NATIONAL ACCOUNTS. Forthcoming in: Proceedings of the British Academy , Vol. 7, No. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows (2008)

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Abstract

The Meade and Stone approach to national accounting (first published for the UK in 1941) eventually provided the template for the United System of National Accounts. Feinstein’s historical national accounts for the UK developed out of this project and built on its earlier contributions. He was the foremost constructor of historical accounts in the UK, and shared with other national accounting pioneers a pragmatic approach and a bias against neo-classical general equilibrium. He made important contributions to growth accounting and the measurement of standards of living, and also left his mark as a teacher and as an academic leader. His commitment to racial equality in South Africa preceded his academic career, and continued after his formal retirement.

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