The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Gayer, Arthur David (1903–1951)

  • Anna J. Schwartz
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Arthur (Archie) Gayer was a rising star in economic research in the United States during the 1930s but his promise was not sustained in later years of his foreshortened life. Born of English parentage at Poona in British India on 19 March 1903, he was educated at St Paul’s School, London, 1916–1921, and Lincoln College, Oxford (BA, 1925; D. Phil., 1930). On arriving in the United States in 1927 as a Rockefeller Foundation fellow, he did graduate work at Columbia University, where he taught economics at Barnard College from 1931 to 1940. From 1940 until his death on 17 November 1951 as the result of an automobile accident, he taught at Queens College of the City University of New York.

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  • Anna J. Schwartz
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