A Japanese translation of the book, “The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist,” co-authored by Nahid Aslanbeigui, Ph.D., professor of Economics, and Guy Oakes, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Management and Leadership, was recently published by the Keio University Press in Japan.
Takanori Adachi, a professor at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, contacted Aslanbeigui and Oakes in 2021 with the intention of translating their book, which was originally published by Duke University Press in 2009.
Aslanbeigui and Oakes detail the journey of Joan Robinson, one of the original and prolific economists of the 20th century, and her time studying economics at Cambridge University.
They also trace the strategies and tactics Robinson used to create her professional identity as a Cambridge economist in the 1930s, examining how she recruited mentors and advocates, carefully define her objectives, and deftly pursued and exploited opportunities.
“The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist” was the 2010 winner of the Joseph J. Spengler Award, presented by the History of Economics Society.