Colin Clark (economist)

British economist

Colin Grant Clark (2 November 1905 – 4 September 1989) was a British-Australian economist and statistician. He worked in both the United Kingdom and Australia.[1] He created the use of gross national product (GNP) as the basis for studying national economies. He was on the Council of the Econometric Society from 1948 to 1952.[2]

Colin Clark
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Born(1905-11-02)2 November 1905
London, England
Died4 September 1989(1989-09-04) (aged 83)
Brisbane, Australia
Alma materOxford University
Scientific career
InstitutionsOxford University, Cambridge University, Monash University, University of Queensland
Doctoral studentsSir Richard Stone
V.K.R.V. Rao
Sir Alexander Cairncross
Hans Singer
InfluencedAngus Maddison



  • "A System of Equations Explaining the United States Trade Cycle, 1921 to 1941", Econometrica, Vol. 17, No. 2 (April 1949), pp. 93–124
  • "The Economic Functions of a City in Relation to Its Size", Econometrica, Vol. 13, No. 2 (April 1945), pp. 97–113
  • "Economic Development in Communist China", The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 84, No. 2 (April 1976), pp. 239–264
  • "Theory of Economic Growth", Econometrica, Vol. 17, Supplement: Report of the Washington Meeting (July 1949), pp. 112–116
  • "The Measurement of National Wealth: Discussion", (with Milton Gilbert; J. R. N. Stone; Francois Perroux; D. K. Lieu; Evelpides; Francois Divisia; Tinbergen; Kuznets; Smithies; Shirras; MacGregor), Econometrica, Vol. 17, Supplement: Report of the Washington Meeting. (July 1949), pp. 255–272
  • "A Critique of Russian Statistics by Colin Clark", Economica, May 1941, NS 8, p. 212.


  1. "The college retains a small collection of his papers" (PDF).
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)