The Creation of the Newlyn-Phillips Machine

Hosted by the LSE Library

OLD.4.10, Old Building,


Professor Mary Morgan


Jim Thomas

This talk explores the background of the two economists, Walter Newlyn and Bill Phillips and how they built their famous hydraulic model of the economy. It looks at the reception of the ‘machine’ and its place in the history of economics’ thinking about the nature of the macroeconomy.

Those interested in economics, computing and the history of LSE will learn about how a group of people came together to successfully make their ideas a reality.

Mary S Morgan is the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics at the London School of Economics. Her current work is on case studies and narratives and on ‘performativity’: the ways in which economic ideas, technologies and measurements reshape economies in the world. 

Jim Thomas is Emeritus Reader in Economics and Research Associate (STICERD) at LSE. His current research is in the History of Economics. Recent publications include chapters on Coase and the London School of Economics in the 1920s-1940s, Cambridge and Econometrics and (forthcoming) Allen, Roy George Douglas (1906 – 1983) and LSE and Econometrics

LSE Library (@LSELibrary) hosts a regular program of exhbitions showcasing some of the Library's treasured collections. The current exhibition is about economic history and is called A Wealth of Ideas: Economics and the LSE.

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