Alvin Hansen

Economist, Academic

1887 – 1975

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Who was Alvin Hansen?

Alvin Harvey Hansen, often referred to as "the American Keynes", was a professor of economics at Harvard, a widely read author on current economic issues, and an influential advisor to the government who helped create the Council of Economic Advisors and the Social Security system. He is best known for introducing Keynesian economics in the United States in the 1930s. More effectively than anyone else, he explicated, extended, domesticated, and popularized the controversial ideas embodied in Keynes' The General Theory. In 1967, Paul McCracken, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, saluted Hansen: "It is certainly a statement of fact that you have influenced the nation's thinking about economic policy more profoundly than any other economist in this century."

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Born
Aug 23, 1887
Viborg
Also known as
  • Alvin Harvey Hansen
  • Alvin H. Hansen
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Yankton College
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Economics
    ( - 1918)
Lived in
  • Alexandria
    ( - 1975/06/06)
Died
Jun 6, 1975
Alexandria

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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