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By Michael Szenberg, Lall Ramrattan, Kenneth J. Arrow

During this choice of autobiographical essays, 26 popular students aspect their specialist improvement, whereas supplying perception into their lives and philosophies. With candor and humor they inform how they got here to the sector of economics, in addition to how their perspectives have advanced through the years. Highlights of the gathering comprise discussions through: Irma Adelman on how international struggle II formed her lifestyles; Mark Blaug on how Marxism, involvement with the Communist occasion, and McCarthyism stimulated his scholarship; Victor Fuchs on financial standpoint and its applicability to many disciplines; Allan Meltzer on his improvement as a researcher; and Julian Simon on his eclectic profession and untraditional route to economics. interpreting the essayists' reflections provides us the chance to discover the query of what makes designated and interesting scholarship, whereas permitting us to probe the standards for excellence. those considerate essays may be of significant worth to scholars of economics and to all these attracted to own memories of clever and complete students.

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In 1969 I was asked for the first time to head a Bank economic mission. This led to the preparation of a report under the title Policies for Economic Growth in Portugal (1970). There followed a hiatus of nearly a decade, but afterwards I led a Bank mission every two years. The reports of three of my missions: Industrial Development Strategy in Thailand (1980); Turkey: Industrialization and Trade Strategy (1982); and, originally written in French, Morocco: Industrial Incentives and Export Promotion (1984), were published by the Bank; two, Tunisia: Industrial Sector Report (1986) and Development Strategy in Venezuela (1988), remained confidential.

This chapter first appeared in The American Economist, 33(1), Spring 1989, 16–23. 26 My life philosophy 27 With my newly minted doctorate, I went to the Construction Trust in Miskolc, the third largest Hungarian city, as a planner in May 1951. I soon became known to the director, József Bondor, who wanted to appoint me as head of planning. Then came, however, deportation from Budapest (which remained my domicile) for people of a particular social or political background, of whom I was considered to be one.

Whatever policy influence I now have is indirect: through my academic research and policy writings. CAREER ISSUES So far, I have not touched on how the particular issues affecting professional women – discrimination; handling the multiple demands of home, child and career; and managing two careers – impinged on my life and career. I hit discrimination against women for the first time when I got my PhD, in 1955. I was totally unprepared for this. I was a foreigner to the United States, and I My life philosophy 21 had not realized that, like democracy in ancient Greece, the Horatio Alger myth characterizing the United States as an open, mobile society did not apply to American women.

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