The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Hamilton, Earl Jefferson (Born 1899)

  • Donald N. McCloskey
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Hamilton was born on 17 May 1899 in Houlka, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi (and coaching football and playing minor league baseball), he received in 1929 his doctorate in economics at Harvard. He taught at Duke, Northwestern, and finally for twenty years at the University of Chicago, during the banishment and eventual rehabilitation of the quantity theory of money.

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  • Donald N. McCloskey
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