Bertil Ohlin - A Centennial Celebration (1899-1999)
The origin of this book is a conference Bertil Ohlin: A Centennial Celebration (1899-1999), held at the Stockholm School of Economics, 14-16 October 1999.
Bertil Ohlin was undoubtedly the major single influence on the development of international trade in the 20th century. He completed two brilliant careers, one as an economist and one as a politician. He spent a little more than a decade of his life, mainly the 1920s, on the theory of international trade, leaving a permanent mark on the subject. He spent approximately another five years, the first half of the 1930s, on the macroeconomic issues of the Great Depression, working on pre-Keynesian theories and policy recommendations. He then devoted most of his activities to politics. Throughout his life, he was an active writer of newspaper contributions - publishing thousands of articles where he presented what he regarded as a 'sound' economic analysis. He thought it important that the public have a good understanding of economic issues.
The purpose of this volume, emanating from the centennial of Bertil Ohlin's birth, is to give a portrait of the man, his life, his contributions to international economics and macroeconomics, his journalism and his many years at the center of Swedish politics, with emphasis on Ohlin the economist, even though he spent most of his active life in politics.