Kenneth Arrow

Economist, Academic

1921 –

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Who is Kenneth Arrow?

Kenneth Joseph Arrow is an American economist and joint winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics with John Hicks in 1972. To date, he is the youngest person to have received this award, at 51.

In economics, he is a figure in post-World War II neo-classical economic theory. Many of his former graduate students have gone on to win the Nobel Memorial Prize themselves. His most significant works are his contributions to social choice theory, notably "Arrow's impossibility theorem", and his work on general equilibrium analysis. He has also provided foundational work in many other areas of economics, including endogenous growth theory and the economics of information.

Arrow remains active on the international scene through a variety of initiatives including trustee of Economists for Peace and Security and a member of the Advisory Board of Incentives for Global Health, the not-for-profit behind the Health Impact Fund.

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Born
Aug 23, 1921
New York City
Also known as
  • Kenneth Joseph Arrow
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • PhD, Columbia University
    Economics
    ( - 1951)
  • City College of New York
  • Townsend Harris High School
  • Master's Degree, Columbia University
    Mathematics
    ( - 1941)
Employment
  • Stanford University
Lived in
  • New York City
  • California

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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