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Mordechai E. KREININ


Mordechai E. KREININ, economist in the field of International Trade Theory; Trade Relations; Balance of Payments; International Finance.


KREININ, Mordechai E. was born in 1930 in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Bachelor of Arts Tel Aviv University, 1951. Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy University Michigan, 1952,1955.


Assistant Study Director, Study Director, Survey Research Center, University Michigan, 1954-1955, 1955-1957. Lector Economics, Assistant Professor, Association Professor, University Michigan, 1956-1957, 1957-1959, 1959-1961. Visiting Professor, Universities University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., United States of America, 1969, Southern California, 1974, New York University, NYC, New York, USA, 1975, Hawaii, 1977, Toronto, 1978, British Columbia, 1983.

Special Adviser, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, 5. Research Consultant, International Monetary Fund, Washington, 1976. Visiting Scholar, Institute, Institution International Economics Studies, University Stockholm, 1978-1981.

Professor of Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America.


  • Horace H. Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellow, University Michigan, 1954. Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Beta Kappa. Faculty Research Fellow, United States Social Science Research Council, United Kingdom or United States of America, 1959.

    Ford Foundation Faculty Research Fellow, 1960-1961. Research Fellow, Israel’s Technical Aid Africa and Asia, 1961-1962. Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 1966.

    National Science Foundation Fellow, 1967. Golden Key, National Scholastic Society. Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University, 1968.

    Faculty Award, Michigan Association Governing Boards, 1984.


Early work centred on utilising data from the Survey Research Center to glean insights into consumer behaviour in a variety of economic areas. Concommitantly, several papers were published on the Israeli economy. At a subsequent stage, most of my work shifted to international economics (broadly conceived), with several major forays into such areas as taxes, macroeconomics, and university finances.

Within international economics, contributions were made in the following areas: the theory and empirical measurement of regional integration. Tariff theory and measurement of its effects. Balance of payments theory.

Import-demand functions and their measurements. Testing (empirically) various trade theories, including comparative cost and the H-O model. Theoretical and policy issues in the trade-development nexus.

The trade-capital movement nexus. Foreign investments; international liquidity. The theory and measurement of price elasticities.

The equivalence of tariffs and quotas. Optimum currency areas. Effective protection.

Preferences and reverse preferences. New international economic order. Technical assistance to LDCs.

Institutional arrangements in international trade and finance. The transfer problem. Exchange-rate changes and their effects.

Trade liberalisation. Comparative advantage measurement in autos and steel. And the monetary approach to the balance of payments.