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Wesley Clair MITCHELL

economist

Wesley Clair MITCHELL, economist. Director, National Bureau of Economie Research, New York, New York, United States of America, 1920-1945; Member, Research Committee Social Trends, 1929-1933; Member, National Planning Board, 1933.

Background

MITCHELL, Wesley Clair was born in 1874 in Rushville, Illinois, United States of America.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago, 1896. Graduate student same 1896-1897, 1898-1899, Doctor of Philosophy., 1899. University of Halle and Vienna, 1897-1898.

Master of Arts, Oxford. Doctor of Laws, University of Chicago, Columbia, University of California, Princeton University. Doctor of Literature, Harvard.

Doctor of Science, University of Pennsylvania. Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Paris. Doctor of Humane Letters, New School for Social Research.

Career

Leading authority on business cycles, who devoted himself chiefly to economic research. He helped to found National Bureau of Economie Research, New York, New York, United States of America in 1920 to further the development of quantitative studies of the United States economy. He regarded his central task as the study of the ‘money economy’ and consistently sought a dynamic theory of social change.

Though other contemporaries, such as Aftalion and Spiethoff, achieved similar results in business-cycle theory, his work on cycles was unique in its breadth and continuity. Professor, University California, 1903-1913, Columbia University, 1913-1919,1922-1944. Director, New School Social Research, 1919-1931.

Achievements

  • Director, National Bureau of Economie Research, New York, New York, United States of America, 1920-1945. Member, Research Committee Social Trends, 1929-1933. Member, National Planning Board, 1933.

Works

Membership

Clubs: Century (New York City). Member American Economics Association (past president), Institut International de Statisque, Academy Political Science (president 1935-1938), American Philosophical Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Stable Money Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science (vice president, chairman section K, 1933, president 1938). Member Manchester Statistical Society, Institut de Science Econounique Appliquee.

Connections

Married Lucy Sprague, May 8, 1912. Children: John McClellan, Sprague, Marian, Arnold.

children:
John McClellan Mitchell

Sprague Mitchell