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Ronald George BODKIN

Ronald George BODKIN, economist in the field of Construction, Analysis and Use of Econometric Models; Macroeconomic Theory; History of Economic Thought. Canada Council Leave Fellow, 1971-1972; President, Eastern Economie Association, USA, 1982-1983.

Background

  • BODKIN, Ronald George was born in 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States of America, 1957. Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, 1959, 1962.

    Career

    • Instructor, Lector, University Pennsylvania, 1957-1960, 1961-1962. Lector, Assistant Professor, Research Staff, Visiting Research Association, Cowles Foundation, Yale University, 1962-1965,1971-1972. Visiting Lector, University Colorado, 1964.

      Association Professor, Professor, University W. Ontario, 1965-1975. Director, CANDIDE Project, Economics Council Canada, 1972^4. Professor Invité d’économétrie, University Genève, 1984.

      Professor of Economics, University Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, since 1975. Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Economics, 1968-1970, Int Economic Record 1969, Eastern Economics J., 1973-1976, and J. Post Keyn.

    Major achievements

    • Canada Council Leave Fellow, 1971-1972. President, Eastern Economie Association, USA, 1982-1983.

    Views

    Under the guidance of Irwin Friend, my research interests began with a study of the consumption function in general and the permanent income hypothesis in particular. Lawrence R. Klein came to the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and interested me in a variety of problems in theoretical and applied econometrics. During the 1960s I was strongly interested in wage-price macroeconomics, as I was still confident at that time that a stable trade-off curve existed (into the indefinite future) between the goals of full employment and price stability.

    I still retain an interest in wage-price theory and policy, such as tax-based incomes policy. From 1972^4- I headed a project team concerned with a major Canadian econometric model, CANDIDE, and this sparked my current interest in writing a history of macroeconometric modelling, which I am doing with Kanta Marwah of Carleton University and Professor Lawrence R. Klein. This current project ties in with a maverick interest that I have had for some time in the history of economic thought.

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