Re: [OPE-L] Andrew Glyn obituary

From: David Laibman (dlaibman@SCIENCEANDSOCIETY.COM)
Date: Tue Jan 01 2008 - 14:07:28 EST

I also had a brief meeting with Andrew, but one that leads me to share 
my sense of him as a warm, engaging, serious scholar.  Andrew and his 
partner, Wendy Carlin, attended an URPE conference some time in the 
mid-1980s.  They needed a place to stay for a few days in New York after 
the conference, and we (my then partner and I) invited them to stay with 
us in Brooklyn.  I remember happy rambles through Prospect Park, and 
good discussions on many issues.  Also finding that talking with Andrew 
made me resolve to shed my theoreticist ways and work more 
systematically with data.  (Like many New Year resolutions, this one 
went largely unfulfilled, but that is hardly Andrew's fault.)  Andrew's 
was an important voice in left economics, and his death is both a 
personal and professional loss.
David Laibman

Gary Mongiovi wrote:
> I met Andrew Glyn only once, at a summer school/conference for young economists at the University of Siena, in the late 1980s. The theme was how to explain large-scale unemployment. Andrew was highly sceptical of my Sraffian orientation, which he didn't think was a useful way to approach any practical problem, and we sort of argued about this on & off a few times during the weeklong series of lectures. I'm sure my arguments were naive & not very persuasive, but it he took me seriously and took an interest in what I had to say. When we made our farewells he said to me that he thought I'd put forth as good a case as could be made for an essentially hopeless position--a gross overstatement of my debate performance, I must add. The kindness he showed me at this early stage in my career--indeed, before I had anything even remotely resembling a career--meant a lot to me. I am saddened by the news of his death. We've lost a first-rate economist and a wonderful human being.
> This, by the way, was the same conference at which future Nobel laureate Edward Prescott said to me that he thought I'd have made a good economist if I hadn't got my head full of nonsense from the New School.
> Gary
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>               Hi Jurriaan: 
>               Thanks for sending the link to this wonderfully informative 
>               obituary by Bob Sutcliffe.  There are many valuable lessons 
>               here from his life for socialist scholars (e.g. treating students
>               with respect, the merits of collaborative research and writing,
>               the import of social activism and its relation to his scholarly
>               work, etc.).  I never met or communicated with Andrew but, 
>               based on what others have written,  I wish I had.
>               In solidarity, Jerry

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