The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Heckscher, Eli Filip (1879–1952)

  • Carl G. Uhr
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Born into a Jewish family in Stockholm, Heckscher studied history under Hjӓrne and economics under Davidson at Uppsala University from 1897. In 1907 he became a docent at Stockholm University College of Commerce, and from 1909 to 1929 he was professor of economics and statistics. Then, because of his great research productivity, the college authorities changed his position to research professor, lightened his teaching duties and made him director of the newly established Institute of Economic History. Heckscher continued in this position until he retired in 1945. He succeeded in establishing economic history as a subject of graduate study in Sweden’s universities.


Economic history Heckscher, E. F. Heckscher-Ohlin trade theory Imperfect competition Pure public goods 

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  • Carl G. Uhr
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