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William JAFFÉ, economist.


JAFFÉ, William was born in 1898 in New York City, New York, United States of America.


Bachelor of Arts City College, New York, 1918. Master of Arts Columbia University, 1919. Dr Droit et Sciences Economics et Political University Paris, 1924.

Honorary LED York University, 1974.


First, in his translation of Walras’ Elements d’économie politique pure, Jaffé furnished English-speaking economists with access to Walras’ major theoretical work. Second, in his edition of Walras’ Correspondence, he provided a sourcebook of bibliographical, biographical, scientific, social and economic information about Walras and his century that is relevant for understanding the genesis of Walras’ work and the development of neoclassical economics. Third, in his many essays on Walras, he treated most of the themes that are important in Walras’ work, and many of the questions that can be asked about his life and impact on economic thought.

Thus, he provided an exposition and evaluation of Walras’ theories, as well as a history of the circumstances and sources that were important in their development. Assistant Professor, Association Professor, Professor of Economics, Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, 1928-1936, 1936-1956,1956-1966, 1966-1980. Professor of Economics, York University, Ontario, 1970-1980.


  • Fellow, Econometric Society, Research Fellowships, Guggenheim Foundation, 1958-1959, Ford Foundation, 1963-1964, National Science Foundation, USA, 1965-1969, Canada Council, 80, Killam Foundation 1975-1977. Foreign Member, Royal Netherlands Academy Sciences Letters, 1968. Corresp. Fellow, British Academy, 1977.

    Chevalier, Legion d’Honneur, 1978. Fellow, Royal Society Canada, 1979, History Economics Society Distinguished Fellow, 1980.