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W.A. Mackintosh 18951970 was an exemplary public intellectual and a modest person of rare abilities. In the rst biography of this inuential economist Hugh Grant addresses how Mackin- toshs commitment to public service and to the principles of reason and tolerance shaped his con- tribution to economic scholarship government policy and university governance. In the 1920s and 30s Mackintosh emerged as the countrys leading economist. His most notable contribution was through his co-discovery with Harold Innis of the staple thesis of Canadian economic development which informed research in the eld for a generation. During the Second World War Mackintosh joined the Department of Finance where he played a central role in the successful management of the wartime economy and in Canadas adoption of Keynesian economic policy. As the author of the federal governments 1945 White Paper Mackintosh laid out the broad strokes of Canadas adherence to Keynesianism in the post-war period. After his return to Queens Mackintosh would become the universitys fteenth principal and guide the institution as it prepared for the transformation of Canadian universities. A remarkable man who had a profound inu- ence on the development of modern Canada this denitive biography restores the record on his important contributions to Canadian economic thought and national and international nance. Hugh Grant is professor of economics at the University of Winnipeg. 1 6 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 5 B I O G R A P H Y P O L I T I C A L E C O N O M Y W.A. Mackintosh The Life of a Canadian Economist hugh grant The rst biography of a leading Canadian economist and policy advisor. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S Carleton Library Series November 2015 978-0-7735-4638-7 49.95T CDN 49.95T US 35.00 cloth 6 x 9 560pp 11 diagrams 6 tables Ebook available