The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Heller, Walter Wolfgang (1915–1987)

  • Joseph A. Pechman
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Heller was born in Buffalo on 27 August 1915. He grew up in Seattle and Milwaukee, and graduated from Oberlin College. He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with Harold M. Groves, who greatly influenced a generation of public finance scholars. He spent his entire academic career as professor of economics at the University of Minnesota.


American Economic Association Council of Economic Advisers Full-employment surplus Germany, economics in Heller, W. W. Potential gross national product Progressive taxation Public finance Revenue sharing Tax expenditures 

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  • Joseph A. Pechman
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