This publication marks the 50th anniversary of Mel Watkins’ classic 1963 article, “A Staple Theory of Economic Growth”—an article that laid the intellectual foundation for so many subsequent theoretical and policy interventions during the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. This collection of special guest commentaries recognizes the lasting significance of the 1963 article, and also explores its relevance to modern-day debates in Canada and internationally. Mel Watkins himself has written a concluding wrap-up and retrospective, engaging with the other commentaries and providing his own thoughts on the staple theory 50 years after his article.
Reflections on the Lasting Significance of Mel Watkins’ “A Staple Theory of Economic Growth”
March 20, 2014