Michael Posner (economist)

Michael Vivian Posner CBE (25 August 1931 - 14 February 2006) was a University of Cambridge economics lecturer turned government adviser, who later worked to safeguard social science research in the United Kingdom.


Posner was born to Jack and Lena Posner. His father, originally a cabinet-maker, had immigrated from Russia to escape pogroms against the Jewish community. Posner’s maternal grandparents had also fled European persecution. He grew up in Ilford. After World War II the family settled in Croydon, where Posner attended Whitgift School. He then went to Balliol College, Oxford.

In 1953, Posner married linguist Rebecca Reynolds. Together they had two children: a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Barbara.[1][2]


  • Posner, Michael V. (1961), International Trade and Technical Change, in: Oxford Economic Papers, Jahrgang 13, Nr. 3, 1961, S. 323–341.


  1. Rebecca Posner, former Fellow of the College, has died at 88. Published 31 July 2018 by St Hugh's College, Oxford. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. "POSNER, Prof. Rebecca". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017.

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