Robert W. Clower papers, 1920s-2000

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Clower, Robert W.
Robert Clower (1926-2011) was the Hugh C. Lane Professor of Economic Theory, Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. This collection primarily documents his professional life through his correspondence, writings, research, teaching, and professional activities. It forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.
20 Linear Feet (11 boxes.)
1 Megabytes (One set.)
Material in English.
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This collections consists of professional correspondence, writings, teaching material, research files, and some personal and legal materials from Clower's career, which stretched from 1949-1999.

His correspondence includes many prominent names of 20th century economics: Milton Friedman, John R. Hicks, Peter Howitt, Arjo Klamer, David Laidler, Axel Leijonhufvud, Don Patinkin, Joan Robinson, Paul Samuelson, and others. Duke University faculty are represented by Craufurd Goodwin, Neil DeMarchi, and Roy Weintraub. Also included are Moses Abramowitz, Jess Benhabib, Clive Bull, David Colander, Paul Davidson, Frank Hahn, John Haltiwanger, Tom Hazlett, Roger Kormendi, Larry Kotlikoff, Robert Solow, and Sir Alan Walters.

The collection also includes manuscript files of Clower's writings, ranging from notes and fragments to drafts and copies of published articles. Topics include monetary theory, price theory, price determination, employment, banking, disequilibrium, stock-flow analysis, Keynesian economics/macroeconomics, Say's Law, and mathematical economics. Many of the writings are untitled typescripts and fragments of notes.

In addition, the collection includes writings from Clower's father, F. W. (Fay Walter) Clower, also an economist; two copies of John Maynard Keynes's The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money, annotated by Clower; six audiocassettes with dictated letters; teaching material from several classes taught by Clower throughout his career; and legal transcripts of 1979 court cases and hearings in which he testified.

Biographical / historical:
Date Event
1926, Feb. 13
Born in Pullman, WA; son of F. W. Clower (Professor of Economics at Washington State University) and Mary V. Clower
Graduated from Pullman High School; 52 out of 54 on academic honors list
Joined US Army; 31 months of service
1946, Jan. 7
Married Frances Hepburn (of Aberdeen, Scotland) in Wiesbaden, Germany
1946, Summer
Returned to the US and enrolled at Washington State University
1948, Apr.
F. W. Clower died
Graduated with BA in economics, summa cum laude, from Washington State University; elected Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honors; began teaching at Washington State in senior year following death of his father
MA, Economics, Washington State University
Took up residence in Oxford as Rhodes Scholar, where he researched under John R. Hicks; earned Bachelor of Letter, Economics, Oxford University, 1952
Assistant Tutor, New College, Oxford
Assistant Professor of Economics, Washington State University
1954, July
(with D. W. Bushaw) "Price Determination in a Stock-Flow Economy," Economometrica
(with D. W. Bushaw) Introduction to Mathematical Economics
Chair, Department of Economics, Northwestern University
1960, Oct.
(with M. L. Burstein) "On the Invariance of the Demand for Cash and Other Assets," Review of Economic Studies,
Director, Economic Survey of Liberia
Editorial Board, The American Economic Review
"The Keynesian Counter-Revolution: A Theoretical Appraisal," The Theory of Interest Rates
Growth Without Development, an Economic Survey of Liberia
1967, Dec.
"A Reconsideration of the Microfoundations of Monetary Theory," Western Economic Journal
Dean, School of Social Studies and Professor of Economics, University of Essex
Professor of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
(with J. F. Due) Microeconomics
Managing Editor, Economic Inquiry
Legally separated from Frances (Hepburn) Clower
Honorary Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford
Married Georgene Thousandfriend
Managing Editor, The American Economic Review
1985, Spring
Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor, Carleton College
Hugh C. Lane Professor of Economic Theory, University of South Carolina
2011, May 2
Died in South Carolina
Acquisition information:
The Robert W. Clower papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as gifts from Clower between 1992-2001 and Virginia Weathers in 2014.
Processing information:

Processed by Kirk White, June 1999; Lisa Stark and Ruth E. Bryan, 2001; Meghan Lyon, October 2014.

Electronic records processed by Zachary Tumlin, June 2023.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 1999-0125, 1999-0151, 1999-0295, 1999-0352, 2000-0095, 2001-0088, and 2014-0071.


The Robert W. Clower papers are arranged into seven series: Writings, Teaching, Legal, Professional, Personal, Research, and Correspondence.

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