Kenneth J. Arrow papers, 1921-2017
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- Arrow, Kenneth J. (Kenneth Joseph), 1921-2017
- Kenneth Arrow (1921-2017) was a Nobel Prize winner and the Joan Kenney Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research, Emeritus at Stanford University. This collection consists of his correspondence, research, writings, and other materials documenting his political and personal interests, as well as his collaborations and professional affiliations across the fields of economics, mathematics, public policy, and international relations. It forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.
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- Material in English.
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This collection documents Arrow's career as an economist, professor, and Nobel Laureate. It provides an overview of his many professional activities, along with his research, writings, and collected notes regarding topics such as microeconomics, contingent valuation, social choice theory, general equilibrium analysis, the economics of information, climate change, and endogenous-growth theories. The collection also documents his collaboration and communications with prominent economists such as Robert Aumann, Gerard Debreu, Frank Hahn, John Harsanyi, Leonid Hurwicz, Harold Hotelling, Tjalling Koopmans, Alain Lewis, Lionel McKenzie, Roy Radner, Martin Shubik, Herbert Simon, Robert Solow, and many others.
Along with his own scholarship and writings, the collection documents Arrow's role as an expert witness during various legal cases involving anti-trust lawsuits, international trade, and public utilities; his professional consulting work for different groups and organizations; his political activism supporting different human rights organizations, including his involvement in agencies promoting peace in the Middle East, environmental regulation, arms reduction, and nuclear testing bans; his itineraries, lectures, and public engagements; administrative activities for various professional associations and conferences, including his leadership roles in the American Economic Association, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Beijer Institute, the Econometric Society, the International Economic Association, the Office of Naval Research, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Science, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and many more; and his departmental roles, committee work, and teaching contributions in the Economics Departments of Stanford University, Harvard University, and the Santa Fe Institute. The collection also contains personal artifacts and documents from Arrow's childhood and early education; awards and honorary degrees, including the Clark Medal, the National Medal of Science, and materials from the Nobel Prize ceremony; assorted books from his personal library; various foreign editions of his published works, in multiple languages; and born-digital records with his email and other working documents.
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Chronology Date Event 1921 Born in New York, NY 1940 BS, Mathematics, City College of New York 1941 MA, Mathematics, Columbia University 1942-1946 Weather Officer, US Army Air Corps 1947 Married Selma Schweitzer 1947-1949 Research Associate, Cowles Commission for Research in Economics 1948-1949 Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago 1948- Consultant, RAND Corporation 1949-1968 Acting Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Economics and Statistics, Stanford University 1951 PhD, Economics, Columbia University 1951 Social Choice and Individual Values 1954 (with G. Debreu) "Existence of Equilibrium for a Competitive Economy," Econometrica, 1957 John Bates Clark Medal by American Economics Association 1962-1963 Economist, Council of Economic Advisers 1968-1979 Professor of Economics, Harvard University 1972 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 1973 President, American Economics Association 1980-1991 Professor of Economics and Operations Research, Stanford University 1983-1986 President, International Economic Association 2017, Feb. 21 Died in Palo Alto, CA
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- The Kenneth J. Arrow papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as gifts in 1978 and 1998-2018.
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Processed by Hugo Chu, Jonathan Cogliano, Matthew Farrell, and Meghan Lyon.
Accessions described in this collection guide: 1998-0297, 2000-0222, 2001-0004, 2002-0300, 2004-0128, 2005-0065, 2007-0214, 2008-0037, 2010-0045, 2010-0182, 2011-0175, 2012-0115, 2017-0059, 2018-0010, and the original 1978 gift.
The Kenneth Arrow papers are arranged into seven series: Correspondence, Email Correspondence, Professional Service, Research and Notes, Writings, Academia, and Personal.
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Arrow, Kenneth J. (Kenneth Joseph), 1921-2017
Hotelling, Harold, 1895-
Lewis, Alain A.
McKenzie, Lionel W.
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