Peter A. Diamond papers, 1960-2013, bulk dates 1986-1998

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Diamond, Peter A.
Peter A. Diamond (born 1940) is a Nobel Prize winner and an Institute Professor Emeritus (of economics) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This collection primarily documents his professional life through his correspondence, writings, and professional and faculty activities. It was acquired as part of the Economists' Papers Archive.
5 Linear Feet (Six boxes.)
1 Megabytes (One set.)
Material in English.
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Scope and content:

This collection documents Diamond's career as a prominent economist. The various manuscripts, books, journal articles, letters, and other resources document Diamond's writing, publication, and grant-writing activities during his years teaching at the University of California, Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his prepared testimony for the committees within the US House of Representatives and the US Senate's Committee on Finance, and his engagement with various groups and institutions.

The Printed Material series contains four subseries. The first, Journal Articles, includes original copies and reprints of Diamond's writing for publications. The Working Papers subseries contains Diamond's preliminary papers which were intended to be shared with colleagues for further discussion. The third subseries, Books and Chapters, includes copies of Diamond's books and photocopied or printed chapters from his contributions to edited volumes, or chapters by other economists. The final subseries, Pamphlets, includes bound copies of Diamond's testimony, a Report to the US Department of Labor, Pension, and Welfare Benefits Programs, and Diamond's chapter in a pamphlet commemorating his receipt of the 2010 Nobel Prize.

The Drafts series encompasses a number of draft versions of Diamond's various papers and articles, revised in preparation for lectures and publications. These drafts often reflect Diamond's continued work on a project over a span of years.

The Events series contains Diamond's lectures, presented to institutions like Harvard University and The Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, agendas from meetings such as 2009's Discussing Pension Reform in China in Bejing, and various materials from NSF-NBER and other conferences and seminars.

The Correspondence series includes a small amount of Diamond's correspondence, much of which is letters to and from journals between 1966 and 1968, and with the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

The Research Notes series contains Diamond's handwritten notes, transparencies, and different charts and graphs created in preparation for his writings and lectures.

Biographical / historical:

Peter Arthur Diamond (born 1940) is a white American academic economist who was born in New York City. He received a BA in mathematics from Yale University in 1960 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963. He spent almost his entire career at MIT (1966-2011), and he has been a visiting professor at Churchill College and Harvard University. He has served as a member on panels at the National Academy of Sciences, the US Senate, and the Massachusetts state legislature. He is the author of 12 books and more than 100 articles, most of which focus on pension reform, US Social Security policies, and other issues in social insurance. He is a recipient of the 2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on social insurance and equilibrium theory.

Acquisition information:
The Peter A. Diamond papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as gifts between 2013-2015.
Processing information:

Processed by Meghan Lyon and Elisabeth Narkin, October 2013.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2013-0105, 2014-0025, and 2015-0209.


The Peter Diamond papers are arranged into six series: Printed Material, Drafts, Grants, Events, Correspondence, and Academia.

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