The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Mitchell, Wesley Clair (1874–1948)

  • Geoffrey H. Moore
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Wesley C. Mitchell was born in Rushville, Illinois, on 5 August 1874 and died on 29 October 1948. Most of his professional life was spent at Columbia University (1913–19, 1922–44) and as Director of Research at the National Bureau of Economic Research in New York (1920–45).


Business cycles History of economic thought Mitchell, W.C. National Bureau of Economic research 

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  1. Burns, A.F., ed. 1952. Wesley Clair Mitchell: The economic scientist. New York: NBER.Google Scholar
  2. Mitchell, L.S. 1953. Two lives: The story of Wesley Clair Mitchell and myself. New York: Simon & Schuster.Google Scholar

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  • Geoffrey H. Moore
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