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Abramovitz, Moses (1912–2000)

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Abramovitz was educated at Harvard (AB, 1932) and Columbia (Ph.D., 1939). He held faculty appointments at Columbia (1940-2, 1946-8) and Stanford University (1948-77) and was a member of the research staff of the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1938 to 1969. From 1942 to 1946 he worked as an economist for several organizations within the United States government. He was elected president of the American Economic Association in 1979-80.

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  • 1950. Inventories and Business Cycles. New York: NBER.

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  • 1956. Resource and output trends in the United States since 1870. American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings 46(2), 5–23.

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  • 1957. (With V. Eliasberg.) The Growth of Public Employment in Great Britain. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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  • 1959a. Long swings in U.S. economic growth. Statement presented to Joint Economic Committee of the Congress. Hearings before Joint Economic Committee of the Congress of the U.S. on Employment, Growth and Price Levels, Part 2, 11–66, 10 April.

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  • 1959b. The welfare interpretation of secular trends in national income and production. In M. Abramovitz et al., The Allocation of Economic Resources: Essays in Honor of Bernard F. Haley. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

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  • 1961. The nature and significance of Kuznets cycles. Economic Development and Cultural Change 9, 225–48.

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  • 1964. Evidence of Long Swings in Aggregate Construction since the Civil War. Occasional Paper No. 90. New York: NBER.

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  • 1968. The passing of the Kuznets cycle. Economica, 349–67.

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  • 1979a. Economic growth and its discontents. In Economics and Human Welfare: Essays in Honor of Tibor Scitovsky, ed. M. Boskin. New York: Academic Press.

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  • 1979b. Rapid growth potential and its realization: the experience of capitalist economies in the postwar period. In Economic Growth and Resources. Proceedings of the Fifth World Congress of the International Economic Association, vol. 1. London and New York: Macmillan.

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  • 1981. Welfare quandaries and productivity concerns. Presidential Address to the American Economic Association. American Economic Review 71, 1–17.

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  • 1982. The retreat from economic advance. In Progress and its Discontents, ed. G. A. Almond, M. Chodorow and R.H. Pearce. Berkeley: University of California Press.

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  • 1986. Catching up, forging ahead and falling behind. Journal of Economic History 46, 385–406.

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Easterlin, R.A. (2008). Abramovitz, Moses (1912–2000). In: Durlauf, S.N., Blume, L.E. (eds) The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-58802-2_1

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