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Ralph Cecil Epstein


Ralph Cecil Epstein, American economist.


Epstein, Ralph Cecil was born on September 25, 1899 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Hugo and Ellinor (Schwerin) Epstein.


Bachelor of Arts, Columbia, 1921. A.M., Harvard, 1925, Doctor of Philosophy., 1926.


Assistant economics, Northwestern University, 1921-1922, instructor, 1922-1923. Assistant in economics, Harvard, 1924-1925, tutor in division history, government and economics, 1925-1926. Assistant professor economics and business organization, U. Buffalo, 1926-1929. professor since 1929, dean School of Business Administration, 1935-1947, head department economics, since 1939.

Chairman of the Board Smith, Keynes & Marshall, Inc., book publications. Engaged in industrial engineering with Gerard, Graham & Company, 1919-1920. Economics and editorial work A. W. Shaw Company, 1922-1923.

On staff of Committee on Government Statistics, Washington, District of Columbia, 1934. Consultant economist unites states department Commerce, 1930-1932. Special economic adviser and consultant, War Production Board, Washington, District of Columbia, 1942-1943.

Expert consultant to War Department (Headquarters, ASF), 1943-1945. To Office Contract Settlement, Washington, District of Columbia, 1944-1945. Vice president Family Service Society.

Member of national Board of Governors Atlantic Union Committee President Buffalo chapter Atlantic Union Committee, representative to interview legislators and heads of state, in seventeen different countries, 1955. Member of the advisory committee Graduate Faculty Political and Social Science of New York. Fellow Royal Economics Society.

Member American Economics Association, Academy Political Science, American Statistical Association (Vice-President 1937-1938). Joint Committee on Income Tax Statistics, Automobile Industry Committee of Price Research Conference, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Author: The Automobile Industry—Its Economic and Commercial Development, 1928. Supplementary Readings in Economics, 1929. Trends in Buffalo Real Estate Assessments (with F. M. Clark).


  • Source Book of the Study of Industrial Profits (with F. M. Clark), 1932. Industrial Profits in the United States, 1934. History of General American Transportation Corporation, 1948.

    Concentration and Price Trends in Rubber Manufacturing, 1949. Growth of the American Rubber Industry, 1953. How To Invest Your Money, 1957.

    Report on Asia, 1956. Report on Europe, 1956. Contributor foreign affairs publications, to economics journals.

    Consultant industrial corporations.


Clubs: Harvard, Buffalo.


Married Miriam Abrams, October 14, 1922. Children: Elizabeth Frances (Mistress Edwin N. Barker), Joan Ellinor (Mistress John D. Gill).

Hugo Epstein

Ellinor (Schwerin) Epstein

Miriam Abrams

Elizabeth Frances Epstein (Mistress Edwin N. Barker)

Joan Ellinor Epstein (Mistress John D. Gill)