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Seymour Edwin HARRIS


Seymour Edwin HARRIS, economist. Member of numerous official commissions and committees; Editor, Review of Economics and Statistics, 1943.


HARRIS, Seymour Edwin was born in 1897 in New York City, New York, United States of America.


Bachelor of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy Harvard University, 1920, 1926.


Prolific author and editor of whom F. A. Lutz once said that he ‘couldn’t hold his ink’. His chief concern was with the practical relevance of what he wrote or edited. During his tenure of office, Review of Economics and Statistics increased its circulation greatly and published large numbers of papers of immediate relevance.

Along with Hansen and Samuelson, he was one of the chief disseminators of Keynesian ideas in America. His publications included books on the economics of health care, education, social security, international monetary policy, central bank policy, monetary history and various other subjects. Instructor, Lector, Professor, Harvard University, 1922-1964.

Visiting Professor, University California San Diego, 1964-1973.


  • Member of numerous official commissions and committees. Editor, Review of Economics and Statistics, 1943.


Member of the board Economics Warfare Policy committee, 1942. Member of advisory board C.C.C., 1949-1953. Member Agricultural Mobilization Policy Board, 1951-1953.

Director office export-import price control, O.P.A., 1942-1943. Member public advising committee Area Redevelopment Administration, 1964-1974. Trustee John F. Kennedy Library.

Adviser, Democratic National Committee. Served with United States Army, 1918. Member American Economics Association (Executive Committee, vice president 1945-1948), American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Club: Harvard (New York).


Married second, Dorothy Marshall, April 27, 1968.

Augusta (Kulick) Harris