The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Savage, Leonard J. (Jimmie) (1917–1971)

  • I. Richard Savage
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L.J. (Jimmie) Savage, né Leonard Ogashevitz, was born in Detroit on 20 November 1917 and died in New Haven on 1 November 1971. His interests were encyclopedic: as a youth he immersed himself in the Book of Knowledge, and at the time of his death he was preparing for the Peabody Museum a demonstration-exhibit on animal odorants. The dominant theme of Savage’s professional work was the mathematical analysis of normative behaviour.


Bayesian statistics De Finetti, B. Expected utility Likelihood Probability Ramsey, F. P. Savage, L. J. Stable estimation 

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  • I. Richard Savage
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