That Sraffa hated lecturing is normally explained by his shyness.
But perhaps he declined teaching an economic theory he found wanting. After a few years, Keynes created ex novo for him the charge of Marshall Librarian. In he was elected to a Fellowship at Trinity College. Sraffa made a gesture, familiar to Neapolitans as meaning something like disgust or contempt, of brushing the underneath of his chin with an outward sweep of the finger-tips of one hand.
Sraffa was described as a very intelligent man, with a proverbial shyness and a real devotion for study and books. His library contained more than 8, volumes, now partly in the Trinity College Library. A popular anecdote claims that Sraffa made successful long-term investments in Japanese government bonds that he bought the day after the nuclear bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Gramsci and Filippo Turati. As his ideas came under the scrutiny of the Fascist government, Sraffa moved to Cambridge where he became a lecturer and then a professor. He remained in England for the rest of his life and died in Considered one of the economic giants of the 20th century, Sraffa was at the same time one of the sparest writers of economics — yet each one of his few pieces had a tremendous impact on many disciplines and generated seminal debates among contemporary economists.
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