Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky is emeritus professor of political economy at Warwick University. His three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes (1983,1992, 2000) won five prizes and his book on the financial crisis – Keynes: The Return of the Master – was published in September 2010. He was made a member of the House of Lords in 1991 (he sits on the cross-benches) and elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1994. How Much is Enough? The Love of Money and the Case for the Good Life, co-written with his son Edward, was published in July 2012.

He is also the author of Britain in the 20th Century: A Success? (Vintage, 2014), editor of The Essential Keynes (Penguin Classics, 2015), co-editor of Who Runs the Economy? (Palgrave, 2016), co-editor of Austerity Vs Stimulus (Palgrave, 2017), and author of Money and Government (Allen Lane, 2018). He is now working on a book about automation and the future of work.

He has recently written and filmed a series of lectures on the History and Philosophy of Economics which will be made available as an open online course in partnership with the Institute for New Economics Thinking.

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Interpreting the Great Depression: Hayek versus Keynes

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2010

This is not intended to be a purely historical paper. I am interested in the light the Keynesian and Hayekian interpretations of the Great Depression throw on the causes of the Great Recession of 2007-9 and in the policy relevance of the two positions to the management of today’s globalizing economy.

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I Have to Act Like an Adult in Hong Kong

Article | Apr 1, 2013

The INET conference in Hong Kong is serious business.

INET and reforming economic education: can history help?

Article | Apr 13, 2011

One INET project is to “reconnect the teaching of economics with the working of the actual economy,” which is to begin with a reform of the undergraduate curriculum.

Curriculum Committee Report

Video | Apr 6, 2011

Robert Skidelsky and Perry Mehrling report on the project at the Institute’s 2011 Bretton Woods conference.