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Arthur Smithies

Arthur Smithies, Australian economist. Fellow Econometric Society.


  • Smithies, Arthur was born on December 12, 1907 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Son of John and Hilda (Stephenson) Smithies.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Laws, University of Tasmania, 1929. Bachelor of Arts (Rhodes scholar), Magdalen College, University of Oxford, 1932. Doctor of Philosophy.

      (Commonwealth Fund Fellow), Harvard University, 1934.


    • Instructor economics University of Michigan, 1934-1935, economics Treasury Department, Commonwealth of Australia, 1935-1938, assistant and associate professor economics University of Michigan, 1938-1943. Economics and chief of econ branch, United States Bureau Budget, 1943-1948. Director Fiscal and Trade Policy div.

      ECA, 1948-1949; professor economics Harvard University from 1949, department chairman economics, 1950-1955, Nathaniel Ropes professor political economy, 1957-1978, master of Kirkland House, 1965-1974. Fulbright visiting professor, Oxford University, 1955-1956, and Guggenheim fellow, 1955-1956. Visiting professor Australian National U., 1962-1963.

      Economics adviser Office Defense Mobilization, 1951-1952. Consultant Hoover Commission, 1954. Member research advisory Committee Economics Development, 1956-1981.


    • Author: The Budgetary Process in the United States, 1954. Editor Quarterly Jours. Economics, Journal Economics Abstracts.

      Contributor articles to science periodicals.


    Fellow Econometric Society.


    • Married Katharine Ripman, February 22, 1935. Children: Richard, Pamela, Juliet.
    • father: John Smithies
    • mother: Hilda (Stephenson) Smithies
    • spouse: Katharine Ripman
    • children: Richard Smithies
    • Pamela Smithies
    • Juliet Smithies
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    Born December 12, 1907
    Died September 9, 1981
    (aged 73)