Hla Myint

Burmese economist
Myint in 1985

Hla Myint (Burmese: လှမြင့် [l̥a̰ mjɪ̰ɴ]; 1920 – 9 March 2017) was a Burmese economist. He was known as one of the pioneers of development of welfare economics. He worked on the importance of export-orientation as the most useful "engine of growth".[1][2][3] He was born in Bassein, Irrawaddy Division, British Burma.[4] Myint served as Emeritus Professor of Economics, teaching development economics, at the London School of Economics from 1966 to 1985.[5]

Myint died on 9 March 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand at the age of 97.[6]

Major worksEdit

  • Theories of Welfare Economics, Longmans Green, 1948.
  • Economic Theory and the Underdeveloped Countries, 1971
  • Southeast Asia's Economy: Development Policies in the 1970s (Penguin Modern Economics Texts) Penguin Books, 1972


  1. http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs3/Vision-strategy.ocr.pdf
  2. http://homepage.newschool.edu/het//profiles/myint.htm
  3. Kaung, Kyi May, (1995) Theories, Paradigms, or Models in Burma Studies, Asian Survey. Vol. 35, No. 11 (Nov.), pp. 1030-1041
  4. Blaug, Mark (1986) Who's who in economics: a biographical dictionary of major economists, 1700-1986, MIT Press
  5. "Professor Hla Myint, 1985". Flickr. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  6. "Economist U Hla Myint Dies at 97". The Irrawaddy. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017.