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Douglass Cecil NORTH

Douglass Cecil North is an American economist known for his work in economic history. He is the co-recipient (with Robert William Fogel) of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. In the words of the Nobel Committee, North and Fogel were awarded the prize "for having renewed research in economic history by applying economic theory and quantitative methods in order to explain economic and institutional change."

Background

  • NORTH, Douglass Cecil was born in 1920 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America.

  • Education

    • North went to elementary school in Ottawa, and then to a private secondary school. When he moved back to the United States in 1933, he went to private schools in New York City and on Long Island, and then completed his high school education at the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut. While he was there he became deeply interested in photography, and indeed the most noteworthy event in his early life was winning first, third, fourth and seventh prizes in an international competition for college and high school students.

      He was accepted at Harvard at the same time that his father became the head of MetLife on the west coast, so North opted to go to University of California, Berkeley. In 1942, he graduated with a B.A. in General Curriculum-Humanities. Although his grades amounted to slightly better than a "C" average, he managed to complete a triple major in political science, philosophy and economics.

    Career

    • Graduate Teaching Fellow, University California Berkeley, 1946-1949. Professor of Economics, Director, Chairman, Institute, Institution Economics Research, University Washington, 1950-1961,

      6, 1967-1969. Peterkin Professor Polit Economics, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1979.

      Pitt Professor, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1981-1982. Henry R. Luce Professor Law and Liberty, Washington University, St Louis, Missouri, United States of America, since 1982. Co-editor, Journal of Economic History, 1960-1966.

    Major achievements

    • Board of Directors, National Bureau of Economie Research, New York, New York, United States of America, since 1967. Board Trustees, Economics Institute, Institution, 1968, 1971, 1978. President, Economie History Association, USA,

      Visiting Association Director, Centre de Recherche Historique, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, 1973. President, Western Economic Association, USA 1975-1976.

    Works

    • Economics of Public Issues (19th Edition)
    • Brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking and classroom discussions The Economics of Public Issues is a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking and classroom discussions in Principles of Economics and Social Issues courses.
    • Economics of Public Issues, The (14th Edition)
    • For thirteen editions, The Economics of Public Issues has sparked debate and discussion in economics classrooms, vividly illustrating for generations of students the power of economics as a tool for analyzing issues with which they are already familiar.
    • The Economics of Public Issues (15th Edition)
    •   The Economics of Public Issues is a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking and classroom discussions in principles of economics, public policy, and social issues courses.

    Views

    Discussion of the increase in transactions costs in the United States (resources devoted to political and economic organisation) reflected in the growth of government and the parallel institutional and market responses.

    Development of a model of the growth of the American economy from 1790- 1860. Discussion of the usefulness of applying simple neoclassical theory to problems in American economic history. And development of a general model of institutional change, and its application to the economic history of the Western world.

    Empirical contributions have included development of the balance of payments from 1790-1860. The export/ import price indices of the United States from 1790-1860. And an index of the productivity of ocean shipping from 1600-1914.

    Connections

    • colleague, friend: Ronald Harry Coase - United States - economist
      foundation of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics
    • colleague, friend: Oliver Eaton Williamson - United States - economist
      foundation of the International Society for the New Institutional Economics
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    Born November 5, 1920
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    • 1946 - 1949
      Graduate Teaching Fell., University
      Barkley, United States
    • 1950 - 1969
      Professor Economic, Director, Chairman, Institute Economic Reserve, University Washington
      Washington, United States
    • 1979 - 1979
      Peterkin Professor Polit Econ, Rice University
    • 1981 - 1982
      Pitt Professor, University Cambridge
    • 1983 - 2012
      Professor Economic, Washington University
      USA, MO, St. Louis

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      • Board of Directors, National Bureau of Economie Research, New York, New York, United States of America, since 1967. Board Trustees, Economics Institute, Institution, 1968, 1971, 1978. President, Economie History Association, USA, 3. Visiting Association Director, Centre de Recherche Historique, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, 1973. President, Western Economic Association, USA 1975-1976.
      • Board of Directors, National Bureau of Economie Research, New York, New York, United States of America, since 1967. Board Trustees, Economics Institute, Institution, 1968, 1971, 1978. President, Economie History Association, USA, Visiting Association Director, Centre de Recherche Historique, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, 1973. President, Western Economic Association, USA 1975-1976.
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      • book: The Economic Growth of the United States: 1790-1860 (The Norton Library : Economics/History ; N346) by North, Douglass C. (1966) [Paperback]
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      • book: The economics of public issues
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      • book: The economics of public issues : [instructor's manual to accompany]
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      • book: The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History by North, Douglass C., Thomas, Robert Paul (1976) [Paperback]
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      • book: Rise O fthe Western World a New Economic History
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      • book: Structure and Change in Economic History by Douglass C. North (1982) [Paperback]
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      • book: British Revolution 1750 - 1970 , The ... A Social and Economic History ... First Edition , illustrated Throughout
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      • book: The Economic Growth of the United States: 1790-1860 (The Norton Library : Economics/History ; N346)
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      • book: The economic growth of the United States, 1790-1860
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      • book: [(The Economic Growth of the United States, 1790-1860 )] [Author: Douglass C. North] [Apr-1966]
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      • book: Growth and Welfare in the American Past: A New Economic History
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      • book: Growth and Welfare in the American Past: A New Economic History Paperback December 1, 1982
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      • book: Growth & welfare in the American past : a new economic history
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      • book: The Economics of Public Issues (18th Edition) (Pearson Series in Economics)
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      • book: Economics of Public Issues (19th Edition)
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      • book: The Economics of Public Issues (17th Edition) (The Pearson Series in Economics)
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      • book: The Economics of Public Issues (16th Edition)
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      • book: The Economics of Public Issues (15th Edition)
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      • book: Economics of Public Issues, The (14th Edition)
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      • book: The Economics of Public Issues (12th Edition)
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      • book: by Daniel K. Benjamin,by Douglass C. North,by Roger LeRoy Miller Economics of Public Issues, The (15th Edition) (text only)[Paperback]2007
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      • book: The Economics of Public Issues (15th Edition) by Miller, Roger LeRoy, Benjamin, Daniel K., North, Douglass C. 15th edition (2007) Paperback
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      • book: The economics of public issues 5th edition
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      • book: The Economics of Public Issues by Miller, Roger Le, Benjamin, Daniel K., North, Douglass C. [Prentice Hall, 2013] ( Paperback ) 18th edition [Paperback]
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      • book: Economics of Public Issues, The (14th Edition) by Miller, Roger L., Benjamin, Daniel K., North, Douglass C. 14th edition (2005) Paperback
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      • book: Economics of Public Issues, The (14th Edition) Paperback January 5, 2005
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      • book: Institutional Change and American Economic Growth
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      • book: Institutional Change and American Economic Growth Reissue edition by Davis, L. E., North, Douglass C. (2008) Paperback
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      • book: The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History
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      • book: [(The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History )] [Author: Douglass C. North] [Jul-1976]
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      • book: Structure and Change in Economic History
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      • book: [(Structure and Change in Economic History )] [Author: Douglass C. North] [Mar-1983]
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      • book: Structure and Change in Economic History
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      • book: Understanding the Process of Economic Change (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)
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      • book: The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History
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