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economist , emeritus educator

George Leland Bach, Economist, emeritus educator. First Recipient AACSB-Dow Jones award for distinguished contribution to management education, Bower award for outstanding contributions to economics education; recipient Walter Gores award for outstanding teaching; Faculty Research Fellow, 1958-1959.


Bach, George Leland was born on April 28, 1915 in Victor, Iowa, United States. Son of James Everett and Ethel (Sies) Bach.


Bachelor of Arts, Grinnell College, 1936;Doctor of Laws, Grinnell College, 1956;Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1940;Doctor of Laws, Carnegie Institute Technology, 1967.


Instructor, Iowa State College, 1939-1941;special assistant and senior economist, Board governments Federal Reserve System, 1941-1944;principal economist, unites states department Commerce, 1946;professor, head department economics, Carnegie Institute Technology, 1946-1962;dean, Graduate School Industrial Administration, 1949-1962;Maurice Falk professor economics, Graduate School Industrial Administration, 1962-1966;Ford research professor, Stanford University, 1963-1964;Frank Buck professor economics, Stanford University, 1966-1983;professor economics emeritus, Stanford University, 1983-1994. Chairman of the Board Pittsburgh branch Federal Reserve Bank Cleveland, 1961-1966. Consultant Commision on Organisation of Executive Branch Government, United States Treasury and.

Board of Governors Federal Reserve System., Ford Foundation.


  • Fellow, A A AS; Trustee, Vice Chairman, Joint Council Economics Education. Study Director, Hoover Commission, 1949-1950. Ford Foundation Faculty Fellow, 1960-1961.

    Chairman, National Task Force Economics Education,1960-1963. Chairman, Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Branch, Federal Reserve System, 1960-1966. Chairman, American Economic Association Committee Economics Education, 1962-1976.

    Dow-Jones Award Distinguished Service Business Education, 1975. American Economic Association Joint Council Economics Education Award, 1977. Walter Gores Award Excellence in Teaching, 1978.



Early analysis of Federal Reserve policy-making. Early empirical analysis of differential impact of inflation on different income groups, stressing combined interaction of economic, political and social forces;effects of ‘tight money’ policy. Earliest attempt to measure the effectiveness of different approaches to teaching economics, with new tests of economic understanding.

New approaches to teaching elementary economics at colleges and pre-college levels.


Vice chairman trustees Joint Council on Economics Education. Board directors National Bureau Economics Research. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946.

Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member American Economics Association (Executive Committee 1959-1962, Chairman of Commission on economics education 1966-1979), National Task Force Economics Education (chairman), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Ruth Bartoo, September 7, 1939. Children: Christopher Leland, Barbara Kathleen, Susan Louise, Timothy Lee.

James Everett Bach

Ethel (Sies) Bach

Ruth Bartoo

Christopher Leland Bach

Barbara Kathleen Bach

Susan Louise Bach

Timothy Lee Bach