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Ragnar NURKSE, economist.


  • NURKSE, Ragnar was born in 1907 in Estonia.

  • Career

    • After establishing a reputation in international finance, he turned in his last book to the problem of development and, besides adding a new term (the ‘demonstration effect’) to the vocabulary of economists, was a powerful advocate of the ‘big push’ conception of development. Economics, League Nations, 1934^45. Visiting Lector Economics, Professor of Economics, University Columbia, 1945-1946, 1947-1959, Institute, Institution Advanced Study, Princeton University, 8.

      Ford Foundation Research Professor, 1958-1959.
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    Born 1907
    Died 1959
    (aged 52)