April 9, 1987 |
Bernard E. Anderson, a Wharton School economist and former schoolmate of Mayor Goode, yesterday was named to head the Urban Affairs Partnership, a private civic organization dedicated to working on socio-economic problems in the area. Anderson, 48, succeeds James Bodine as managing partner of the group, which aims to increase the social consciousness of Philadelphia businesses. "I've had this job for 7 1/2 years," Bodine, 66, said yesterday. "It's time for me to hang it up. " Anderson, now a senior economist at Wharton's Center for Applied Research, was director of the social science division of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1979 to 1985.
October 31, 2011
William A. Niskanen, 78, an economist who was dismissed by Ford Motor Co. after bluntly opposing the company's embrace of trade protection, and who later was a member of President Ronald Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers, died Wednesday in Washington. His death, of a stroke, was announced by the Cato Institute, the libertarian research organization, where he had been chairman for 23 years before stepping down in 2008. Mr. Niskanen had a long career as an economist, both in and out of government.
December 17, 2012
Albert Hirschman, 97, who worked at prestigious colleges and institutes and wrote some of the most perceptive works of social science in his era, has died. Through his books, lectures, and essays, Dr. Hirschman, who died Dec. 10, sought to apply rigorous and rational social-science scholarship to clashes of political ideology and economic impasses - conflicts that have often fueled violence and repression. Having learned the stakes firsthand, he devoted his career to advancing economic development and the spread of democracy.
January 18, 2013
Miriam Cosand Ward, 96, a Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County home economist who in the 1970s taught thousands of New Jerseyans how to sew, plan meala, and run a household, died of congestive heart failure on Sunday, Dec. 23, at her home at Medford Leas, a continuing care retirement community. Mrs. Ward had been a champion of good nutrition and a mentor to future homemakers since graduating from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., in 1937. After carrying a double major in mathematics and home economics, she chose the latter career path, and stuck with it until her retirement in 1980.
May 2, 2015 |
Ursinus College on Thursday named the dean of economics and finance at Claremont McKenna College in California as its next president. S. Brock Blomberg, 48, a political economist who studies terrorism, replaces Lucien "Terry" Winegar, who had been serving as interim president since Bobby Fong's death in September. Blomberg takes over July 1 as the 17th president of Ursinus, a 1,600-student liberal arts college in Collegeville. "Our objective was to discover someone who could embrace the Ursinus DNA, our values and what we are about, who is passionate about the liberal arts, and comes with highly regarded leadership experience," Michael Marcon, a college trustee and search committee chair, said in a statement.
January 10, 2013
James M. Buchanan, 93, who won the 1986 Nobel Prize for applying the principles of economic self-interest to understand why politicians do what they do, died Wednesday in Blacksburg, Va. No cause of death was given. Mr. Buchanan, a professor emeritus at George Mason University, was a pioneer in the field known as public-choice theory, which views government decisions through the personal interests of the bureaucrats and elected leaders who want to advance in their careers and win campaigns.
March 11, 2011 |
It may make you feel good, but donations of food and clothes to Japan probably will be wasted. That's the advice of Lehigh University economist Frank R. Gunter, a former Marine who helped coordinate the 2004 tsunami relief effort in Indonesia. "I think it makes people feel like they're doing something, and there's a tax deduction, but it doesn't do good," Gunter said. Medical assistance will be useful to the Japanese in the first three days, but the only outfit already in position to offer that is the U.S. Navy, he said.
July 8, 2012 |
Eugene C. Zorn Jr. wasn't prone to exaggeration. He was a nationally recognized economist, a sober, no-nonsense man who dealt with facts and figures. So his son, Robert, was caught off guard when, in 1980, the elder Zorn offered an unusual preface before launching into a story: "After you hear this, you may think your old man's off his rocker. " "I was driving and my hands tightened on the steering wheel," Robert Zorn recalled. "He never referred to himself as my 'old man.' " His father then began a riveting tale that kept the 22-year-old Wharton School student up all night.
December 16, 2013
An article in Sunday's Inquirer mischaracterized writer and philosopher Ayn Rand as an economist.
June 5, 2016 |
That raspy noise? It's the sound of the nation's economists, pundits, and prognosticators scratching their heads, trying to figure out how the nation's economy could have produced so few jobs in the month of May. Yes, the economy has been slowing, dealing with fallout from lower oil prices, China's stall, and problems in Europe. Payrolls that had grown by an average of 230,000 a month are now expanding more slowly, by an average of 116,000. Even so, the total of 38,000 jobs created in May was way lower than anyone expected - and it's not what some business leaders are seeing in their payrolls.