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Hollis Burnley Chenery


Hollis Burnley Chenery was an American economist well known for his pioneering contribution in the field of development economics.


Chenery was born on the 6th of January, 1918 in Richmond, son of Christopher Chenery, a businessman and horseman.


Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) University Arizona, 1939. Bachelor of Science (Engineering) University Oklahoma, 1941. Master of Arts University Virginia, 1947.

Doctor of Philosophy Harvard University, 1950. Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Netherlands School Economics, 1968.


Chenery's work was wide ranging but might be summarised as involving the analysis of patterns of development, the use of a two-gap model and multi-sectoral analysis.


  • econometrica

    • (1952) Overcapacity and the Acceleration Principle

  • economics

    • (1959) Interindustry Economics, with P. Clark

    • (1960) Patterns of Industrial Growth, American Economic Review

    • (1961) Comparative Advantage and Development Policy, American Economic Review

    • (1966) Foreign Assistance and Economic Development, American Economic Review, with A. Strout

    • (1971) Studies in Development Planning, with others

    • (1974) Redistibution with Growth: An approach to policy, with others

    • (1975) Patterns of Development, 1950–1970, with R. Syrquin

    • (1975) A Structuralist Approach to Development Policy, 1975, American Economic Review

    • (1979) Structural Change and Development Policy

    • (1983) Interaction Between Theory and Observation, World Development


Christopher Chenery - American - businessman , engineer

His father, Christopher Tompkins Chenery (September 19, 1886 - January 3, 1973) was an American engineer, businessman, and the owner of record for Thoroughbred horse racing's U.S. Triple Crown champion Secretariat. He studied at Randolph-Macon College and Washington and Lee University, graduating in 1909 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Helen Bates - American

William Ludlow Chenery

His uncle, William Ludlow Chenery, was an Editor-Publisher of Colliers Magazine

Blanche Chenery Perrin - American - writer

His aunt was a writer of children's books centered on horse racing, such as Born To Race.