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20th century British professor of economics
E. G. West

Edwin George West (27 February 1922 – 6 October 2001) was an economist and economic historian at Carleton University interested in the relationship between the state and the education sector. He applied public choice theory to state education and "he had a profound influence on both academic scholarship and education policy in Britain and abroad". The E.G. West Centre at Newcastle University is named in his honor.


27 Feb 1922, in Goldthorpe, Yorkshire, England


6 Oct 2001, in Ottawa, Canada


Interview with Adam Smith [via Edwin West], The Region, Jun 1994
Professor Edwin G. West stands in for Adam Smith and answers questions from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis banking and policy issues magazine
To solve the problem [of speaking to the father of modern economics], we contacted Professor Edwin G. West, a renowned expert on Adam Smith to serve as our "medium." Currently, West is professor emeritus at Carleton University, Ottawa, where his areas of expertise are public finance, public choice and the history of economic thought ... Professor West, who received his doctorate in economics from London University, will have two special American editions of earlier works published in the near future by the Liberty Fund: Education and the State (1970) and Education and the Industrial Revolution (1975).

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