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Gerhard Colm


Gerhard Colm, German economist. Recipient Bernard Harms prize Institute World Economics, 1964. Member American Economics Association, International Phenomenology Society.


Colm, Gerhard was born on June 30, 1897 in Hannover, Germany. Son of Emil and Olga (Strassburger) Colm.


Doctor Rer. Pol., Freiburg U., 1921. Student of University Munich, 1920, U. Berlin, 1921, 1923. Doctor Rer. Pol. honorary, University of Frankfurt, 1961.

Doctor honorary, New School for Social Research, 1964.


March 1965) children—Peter, Anne, Stine, Claus. Married second, Mascha Gilde, April 11, 1966. Came to United States, 1933, naturalized 1939.

Economist with the Federal Statistical Bureau, Berlin, 1921-1927. Instructor Institute World Economics, Kiel U., 1927, assistant professor, associate professor economics, director research div., 1927-1933. Professor economics New School Social Research.

New York City, 1933-1939. Fiscal expert Department Commerce, Washington, 1939-1940. Professorial lecturer George Washington University 1940-1962.

Principal fiscal analyst, fiscal div. Bureau Budget assistant chief fiscal div., 1940-1946. Economist Council Economics Advisers, Executive Office of President, 1946-1952.

Chief economist National Planning Association, 1952-1968. Special mission American Military Government to Germany, for preparation plan of financial reform, 1946.


  • Author: Economic Consequences of Recent American Tax Policy (with Fritz Lehmann), 1938. Who pays the Taxes (with Helen Tarasov), 1940. The American Economy in 1960 (with Marilyn Young), 1952.

    Essays in Public Finance and Fiscal Policy (with Helen O. Nicol), 1955. The Economy of the American People (with Theodore Geiger). Published 1958, 3d edit., 1967, reports Contributor articles professional publications.


Member American Economics Association, International Phenomenology Society.


Married Hanna Nicolassen, September 11, 1922 (deceased.; married second, Mascha Gilde, April 11, 1966.

Emil Colm

Olga (Strassburger) Colm

Hanna Nicolassen

Mascha Gilde