Barber, William J. 1961. The Economy of British Central Africa: A Case Study of Economic Development in a Dualistic Society. London: Oxford University Press. Reprinted Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
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Barber, William J. 1969. “James Mill and the Theory of Economic Policy in India.” History of Political Economy 1 (1): 85–100.
Barber, William J. 1974. The Evolution of Wage-Price Policy in the Kennedy Administration. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Economic Studies Program.
Barber, William J. 1975. British Economic Thought and India, 1600–1858: A Study in the History of Development Economics. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Barber, William J. 1985. From New Era to New Deal: Herbert Hoover, the Economists, and American Economic Policy, 1921–1933. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Barber, William J. 1987. “Should the American Economic Association Have Toasted Simon Newcomb at Its 100th Birthday Party?” Journal of Economic Perspectives 1 (1): 179–183.
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