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Economist , journalist

Lawrence Fertig, American Economist. Trustee New York University, 1954-1986; president Alumni Federation, 1950-1952; Chairman of the Board trusteesFound. Economics Education; Member Mont Pelerin Society, Phi Beta Kappa.


Fertig, Lawrence was born on March 19, 1898 in New York City.


After receiving an undergraduate degree from New York University, Fertig attended , where he completed a master's degree in economics.


Fertig wrote a weekly column for the New York World-Telegram and the New York Sun. Fertig also wrote the 1961 Regnery Publishing offering, Prosperity Through Freedom. The Hoover Institution maintains an archive of Fertig's papers in Stanford, California.

After attending the 1944 Bretton Woods conference on behalf of the Scripps-Howard newspapers, Fertig wrote a weekly syndicated column on financial and political matters and continued to do so until the closure of their New York daily, the World Journal Tribune, in 1967. He was on the board of trustees of the Foundation for Economic 's monthly journal, The Freeman. Fertig paid part of Mises' salary himself when Mises began teaching at Fertig's alma mater.

The Mises Institute, founded in 1982 in honor of Ludwig von Mises, credits Fertig as being instrumental in its creation and development. The institute offers a Lawrence Fertig memorial prize to the author whose work "best advances economic science in the Austrian tradition.".


  • He was the founder of Lawrence Fertig & Company, a New York advertising and marketing firm.


Fertig, was a member of the NYU board of trustees and was instrumental in supporting his friend Ludwig von Mises when the economist fled Europe to the United States during the rise of the Third Reich.


Married Bertha Alexander, August 1932.

Bertha Alexander