Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered


Author: E F Schumacher

9780099225614 | PB | pp. 288 | 1993 | Penguin Random House

Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered by E F Schumacher studies the economic system, resource utilisation and its impact on people.

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Small is Beautiful is E. F. Schumacher’s stimulating and controversial study of economics and its purpose. This remarkable book examines our modern economic system – its use of resources and impact on how we live – questioning whether they reflect what we truly care about. The revolutionary ideas are as pertinent, inspirational and thought-provoking today as when they were first published in 1973.


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About the Author

The author was born in Germany He first came to England in 1930 as a Rhodes Scholar to study economics at New College, Oxford. Later, at the age of twenty-two, he taught economics at Columbia University, New York. As he found theorising without practical experience unsatisfying, he then went into business, farming and journalism. He resumed the academic life for a period at Oxford during the war, afterwards serving as Economic Adviser to the British Control Commission in Germany from 1946 to 1950. In later years, his advice on problems of rural development was sought by many overseas governments.

He was Economic Adviser to the National Coal Board from 1950 to 1970, and was also the originator of the concept of Intermediate Technology for developing countries and Founder and Chairman of the Intermediate Technology Development Group Ltd (now called Practical Action). He also served as President of the Soil Association (Britain’s largest organic farming organisation, founded in 1946) and as Director of the Scott-Bader Company (pathfinders in polymer chemistry and common ownership).


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