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Wilford Isbell King


Wilford Isbell King, American economist. Fellow American Statistical Association; member American Economics Association Beta Kappa, Delta Pi Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma.


King, Wilford Isbell was born in June 1880 in Cascade, Iowa, United States. Son of Joseph Marshall and Emma (Isbell) King.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Nebraska, 1905, Doctor of Laws, 1931. Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1910, Doctor of Philosophy., 1913.


Chilldren—Harold Joseph (by 1st marriage), Hugh Patterson and Floralie Jane (by 2d marriage). Instructor, later assistant professor political economy University of Wisconsin, 1910-1917. Statistician United States Public Health Service, field investigations of pellagra, 1917-1920.

Economist National Bureau Economics Research, April 1920-1927. Professor economics New York University, 1927-1945, emeritus since 1945. Chairman, Committee for Constitutional Government, since 1945.


  • Author: The Elements of Statistical Method, 1911. Exercises in Statistical Method, 1913. The Valuation of Urban Realty for Purposes of Taxation, 1914.

    The Wealth and Income of the People of the United States, 1915. Income in the United States (joint author), 1922. Employment, Hours, and Earnings in Prosperity and Depression, 1923.

    Trends in Philanthropy, 1928. Economics in Rhyme, 1929. The Small Loan Situation in New Jersey in 1929.

    Index Numbers Elucidated, 1930. The National Income and Its Purchasing Power, 1930. The Causes of Economic Fluctuations, 1940.

    The Keys to Prosperity, 1948.


Fellow American Statistical Association. Member American Economics Association Beta Kappa, Delta Pi Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma.


Married second, Jane Elizabeth Patterson, September 6, 1919.

Joseph Marshall King

Emma (Isbell) King

Jane Elizabeth Patterson