Subsequently it was elaborated in generalized export-base models used to describe the experience of newly industrializing countries.
Innis’s contribution to historical economics, we have to assume, was noted.
Nonetheless, Innis had some influence beyond economic history. Johnson, referred back to Innis as his “greatest teacher in economics” (Johnson and Johnson, 1978, p. The studies of communication media that characterized the so-called “later Innis” were not understood by, or, better, were outside the grasp of, economists preoccupied with positivistic testing of neoclassical, neo-Keynesian, and Monetarist-New Classical hypotheses. Spengler, whose work also emerged from 1930s discussion of the nature of economics, also adopted an “external” approach to the history of economics (Spengler, 1940).
The root of the media studies can be traced back to the work of nineteenth-century historical economists, such as J. Ingram, who had much to say about “the prevalent mode of thinking” that shaped the nature of economic theory in any given period (Ingram, 1888, p. Innis’s studies of communication media were an attempt to specify one causal factor in changes in the prevalent mode of thinking. This approach has had considerable acceptance among historians of economic thought, and it has been taken up by intellectual historians in general.
In 1934 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was an invited member of the Nova Scotia Royal Commission of Economic Enquiry in 1933.
Harold Innis Essays On Canadian Economic History
In 1937 he was appointed Head of the Department of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, and he remained Head until his death in 1952.
His parents worked a hundred-acre farm outside of Otterville in Oxford County.
At age eleven Harold was admitted to the Otterville high school.
Buckley, are still cited in current Canadian economic history texts.
His reworking of the “vent for surplus” theory of economic development, that is the “staple,” “primary products” or “export base” theory of economic development, was extended by Douglass North in applications to regional development in the United States, and to the experience of what were then called underdeveloped countries.