Arthur Seldon

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Arthur Seldon (born May 29, 1916 - October 11, 2005 ) was a British economist and author.


Arthur Seldon studied economics at the London School of Economics with Arnold Plant and Lionel Robbins and Friedrich August von Hayek .

Seldon became vice director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) , a recognized market-driven think tank , in 1957 . Today there are over 40 institutes in more than 20 countries that are organized according to this model. Seldon was also the founder and publisher of Economic Affairs magazine .

Seldon was one of the most renowned representatives of the liberal masterminds and with his visions he had a considerable influence on world politics, for example since 1979 in the Thatcher era .

The institute continues to present an award named after Seldon, the "Arthur Seldon Award for Excellence", for an outstanding economic publication.


  • " Arthur Seldon has, more than most of us, been able to combine realism in prediction with idealism in vision." ( James M. Buchanan , 1986 Nobel Laureate in Economics, on Arthur Seldon)


  • Arthur Seldon: Pensions in a Free Society , London, IEA , 1957.
  • Arthur Seldon, Colin Robinson: "Virtues of Capitalism: Collected Works of Arthur Seldon" , Liberty Fund 2004, ISBN 0865975426
  • Arthur Seldon, FG Pennance, Colin Robinson: "Everyman's Dictionary of Economics" , Liberty Fund 2005, ISBN 0865975442

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Individual evidence

  1. Christopher Muller: The Institute of Economic Affairs - Undermining the Post-War Consensus. In: Contemporary British History, Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring 1996, pp. 88-110.