The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Witte, Edwin Emil (1887–1960)

  • W. Cohen
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Witte was Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin (1933–57), President of the American Economic Association (1955), first President of the Industrial Relations Research Association (1948), and Chief of the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Service (1922–33). His primary field was labour and social legislation. A student of John R. Commons, he was an institutional economist and a pragmatic social reformer.


Witte, E. E. Social security in the United States 

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  1. Anon. 1960. Edwin E. Witte (1887–1960). Father of social security. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 14 (1): 7–9.Google Scholar
  2. Schlabach, T.F. 1969. Edwin E. Witte: Cautious reformer. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.Google Scholar

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