Rendige FELS, economist in the field of Teaching of Economics; Economic Fluctuations; Economic Methodology. Chairman, Committee College Level Test Economics Understanding, 1965-1968; President, Southern Economic Association, USA, 1967-1968; Secretary, Treasurer, American Economic Association, 1970-1975,
1970-; Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University, 1980-1981; Madison Sarratt Prize, Excellence Undergrad, Teaching, 1981; President, Midwest Economics Association 1984-1985.
FELS, Rendige was born in 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America.
Bachelor of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy Harvard University, 1939,1948. Master of Arts Columbia University, 1940.
Assistant Professor, Association Professor, Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University, 1948-1952,
1952-1956, 1956-1982. Visiting Professor, Stanford University, 1955, Salzburg Seminar American Studies, 1963. Consultant, Economics Development Institute, Institution, University Nigeria, 1963, National Bureau of Economie Research, New York, New York, United States of America, 1964.
Professor Economics Emeritus, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America, since 1982. Editorial Boards, Southern Economic Journal, 1952-1955, American Economic Review, 1959-1961. J. Economics Education,
Early work was on business cycles. In particular, I applied existing business-cycle theories to explaining fluctuations in the United States in the last third of the nineteenth century. Lost interest as it became apparent that cycles are not (or at least are no longer) endogenous but are dominated by monetary and fiscal policies and other exogenous disturbances.
My recent work has been on the teaching of economics. I chaired the committee that developed the Test of Understanding in College Economics, subsequently used, mostly by others, in over 70 published research studies. Along with Bach, Hansen, Kelley, Lumsden, Saunders, Siegfried and others, I have contributed to making research on teaching economics a respectable subject.