Basil S. Yamey

Economist, Author

1919 –

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Who is Basil S. Yamey?

Basil S. Yamey, CBE is a South African economist. He was born in Cape Town in South Africa, and educated at the University of Cape Town. For many years he was a Professor at the London School of Economics. He was a part-time member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission from 1966 to 1978, and author of many books and articles, including one on the economics of underdeveloped countries co-authored with Peter Thomas Bauer.

Yamey's interest in rational economic decision-making led him to study historical accounting records. Yamey rejected the claim by Werner Sombart that the double-entry bookkeeping system was a pre-condition, or at least an important stimulating factor, for the emergence of modern capitalism. Yamey combined his interest in Accounting History with his love of art in his book Art & Accounting, a richly-illustrated survey of paintings portraying commercial scenes and business-people.

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Born
1919
Also known as
  • Basil Yamey
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • South Africa
Profession
Education
  • University of Cape Town

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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