The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Leontief, Wassily (1906–1999)

  • R. Dorfman
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Wassily Leontief was born on 5 August 1906 in St Petersburg, the only child of an academic family. He studied first at the University of Leningrad, earning the degree of ‘Learned Economist’ in 1925, and then at the University of Berlin (Ph.D., 1928). While working on his doctorate, he was appointed a research economist at the University of Kiel, where he remained for about three years, with a year out to serve as adviser to the Chinese Ministry of Railways in Nanking.


Cobweb cycles Concentration Foreign aid Implicit theorizing Index numbers Input–output analysis Leontief paradox Leontief, W. 

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  1. A range of essays evaluating and extending Leontief’s work may be found in.Google Scholar
  2. Dietzenbacher, E., and M. Lahr. 2004. Wassily Leontief and input–output economics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Wood, J. 2001. Wassily Leontief: Critical assessments. London/New York: Routledge.Google Scholar

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