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Journal Article
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Author, Analytic
Figueroa, Mark.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
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Article Title
The academic economist as teacher: Lessons from Lewis and the Caribbean policy discourse
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Social and Economic Studies
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Refereed
Date of Publication
2009
Volume ID
58
Issue ID
3 & 4
Page(s)
1 - 28
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http:; web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?hid=7&sid=de75daca-d2db-4ee5-b119-295d19dc5222%40sessionmgr10&vid=7
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Abstract
The title of this article is inspired in part by Jon Wisman's article: 'The Methodology of W. Arthur Lewis's Development Economics: Economics as Pedagogy (1986)'. Starting with the British Labour Party in (1935), Lewis set out on a career that saw him trying to educate various audiences on aspects of the Caribbean reality. Despite his many years in the field and the allegations of some of his critics, his work had little impact on the specific form that policy interventions took in the English-speaking Caribbean. This was the case for a wide range of issues from agricultural and industrial policy to constitutional and electoral reform. By studying Lewis's early work we gain an insight into the questions that were central to his thinking and the extent to which his perspectives coincided with the policy directions pursued in the English-speaking Caribbean. The gap between Lewis's brilliance as an academic and the limited policy impact of his work, leads to the question as to how we might increase the impact that research by academics has on the policies adopted by the communities in which they work.....
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