Max Corden, 1927-2023

25 Oct 23

Max Corden, 1927-2023

It is with real sadness that we have learned of the death of Warner Max Corden, aged 96, Fellow of Nuffield College 1967-1976.

Max arrived in Oxford in the autumn of 1967 to take up his appointment as Nuffield Reader in International Economics, succeeding Sir Roy Harrod. He was a world leader in international economics, and is best known for developing the theory of 'effective protection' in international trade and his analysis of ‘Dutch disease’ with Peter Neary.

Max spent much of his life in Australia, where he had settled with his immediate family after fleeing the Nazi regime.  After his nine years at Nuffield, he returned to Canberra in 1976, to head the Economics Department at the Australian National University. He subsequently took posts at the IMF and John Hopkins, returning to Australia in 2002.

During his highly distinguished career, he was elected Honorary Foreign Member of the American Economic Association, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow of the British Academy, Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society in Australia, President of the Economic Society of Australia and Companion of the Order of Australia.

It is with fondness that we remember welcoming Max back to Nuffield in 2019 with his nephew, Simon Corden, to see his friends, former students and colleagues.  We were also able to celebrate the completion of the Max Corden Scholarship with him – one of so many lasting legacies. 

Obituaries and tributes have been published in the FT (Vijay Joshi), the Australian Financial Review and by the University of Melbourne.