Alfred H. Conrad

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1924 – 1970

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Who was Alfred H. Conrad?

Alfred Haskell Conrad was a distinguished and popular professor of economics at Harvard University and City College of New York. He belonged to the quantitative economic current called New Economic History.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Conrad attended Brooklyn Boys High and in 1947 graduated from Harvard College. There he completed a doctorate in economics in 1954 and later taught in the economics department and in the business school.

In 1958 he co-authored "The Economics of Slavery in the Antebellum South", in the Journal of Political Economy, with John R. Meyer. Using rigorous statistics, the authors concluded that the view that slavery would have disappeared without the American Civil War was "a romantic hypothesis which will not stand against the facts." This study anticipated that by Nobel-laureate Robert Fogel, who would later reach the same conclusion.

Conrad was married to the poet Adrienne Rich, with whom he had three sons. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Peacham, Vermont. He was 46.

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Born
Jan 2, 1924
Brooklyn
Also known as
  • Alfred Haskell Cohen
  • Alfred Haskell Conrad
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Education
  • City College of New York
  • PhD, Harvard University
    Economics
    ( - 1954)
Lived in
  • Vermont
    ( - 1970/10/18)
Died
Oct 18, 1970
Peacham

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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