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A Formidable Economist

Ajit Singh (1940-2015)

A tribute to the economist, Ajit Singh, who taught at the University of Cambridge and recently at Panjab University.

Ajit Singh, the formidable Cambridge economist who passed away on 23 June at the age of 74, had been a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States, when that university was the hub of student protests against the Vietnam War in the 1960s. A whole generation of outstanding radical economists were to come out of the anti-Vietnam war movement at Berkeley, and Ajit was one of them. Others included Bob Rowthorn (who is known for his Marxist interpretation of the non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment or NAIRU, and who became a professor at Cambridge University), Brian Van Arkadie (who became planning adviser to President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania), Donald Harris (who wrote a pioneering article on Marx’s Reproduction Schemes and became a professor at Stanford University), and John Roemer (who is known for his work on Analytical Marxism).

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