The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Triffin, Robert (1911–1993)

  • Albert Kervyn
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Triffin was born in 1911 in the pleasant Belgian village of Flobecq. After a brilliant school career, a scholarship enabled him to study law and economics at the university of Louvain. Another scholarship sent him to Harvard, where he got a thorough grounding in theory with Schumpeter and Leontief. His 1938 dissertation, ‘Monopolistic Competition and General Equilibrium Theory’, earned a Wells Prize and was published in 1940.


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  • Albert Kervyn
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