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After the outbreak of war in 1939 washed out the Wanderjahr for which I had been granted a travelling fellowship, I spent the next two years as a graduate student at Harvard.
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After the United States entered the war, I joined the Naval Reserve and spent ninety days in a Columbia University dormitory learning to be a naval officer.
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At the same time it offered the hope, as it still does, that improved understanding could better the lot of mankind. For me, growing up in the 1930s, the two motivations powerfully reinforced each other.
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At the time, my personal research objectives were to provide Keynesian economics with more rigorous foundations and to tighten and elaborate the logic of macroeconomic and monetary theory.
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But a timely letter from the Harvard Economics Chairman, Harold H. Burbank, persuaded me my future was in academia, and I returned to complete my Ph.D. in 1946-47.
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Four years later I received my Harvard baccalaureate. My proud parents attended the commencement, their first trip east since their honeymoon in New York in 1916.
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From 1966 to 1970 I served as Chairman of the New Haven City Plan Commission.
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Harvard's golden age in economics extended to these postwar years, when several cohorts of able and mature graduate students and junior faculty converged.
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I happily took for granted that I would attend the very good local university and probably go on to its law school. Harvard was my father's idea.
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I have frequently testified before committees of the Congress, and I have advised government agencies and political candidates.
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I spent nearly four years as a line officer on the destroyer U.S.S. Kearny, serving eventually as gunnery officer and then navigator and executive officer (second in command).
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I studied economics and made it my career for two reasons. The subject was and is intellectually fascinating and challenging, particularly to someone with taste and talent for theoretical reasoning and quantitative analysis.
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I was born in Champaign in 1918. From the neighborhood elementary and intermediate schools, I went to the University High School in the twin city, Urbana.
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I wrote a doctoral dissertation on the theory and statistics of the consumption function, a lasting interest of mine.
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In 1936, at the start of my sophomore year, a young tutor at Harvard College, Spencer Pollard, suggested we read together a new book by an English economist, J.M. Keynes, and I was hooked.
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In 1947 I was elected Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows, an appointment that allowed me three years of freedom for study, research, and writing.
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In our town, and among my mother's relatives in Wisconsin, my parents, and, in time, I and my young brother too, were known for eccentric but well-argued political views.
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In the home territory of the arch-conservative Chicago Tribune, our home was sprinkled with alien periodicals like the Nation, New Republic, and Mencken's American Mercury.
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Louis Michael Tobin (1879-1943), a journalist, was, from my early childhood, the publicity director for University of Illinois athletics.
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Most important, I have learned from my colleagues and students.
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My father also happened to be an intellectual, as learned, literate, informed, and curious as anyone I have known. Unobtrusively and casually, he was my wise and gentle teacher.
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The crisis triggered a fertile period of scientific ferment and revolution in economic theory.
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The depression also spelled crisis for an economic orthodoxy unable either to explain events or prescribe remedies.
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The fortunes of Illinois sports teams were a big thing in our lives, to be sure.
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The greatest good fortune of my return to Cambridge in 1946 was that there, in the spring, I met Elizabeth Fay Ringo. We were married a few months later.
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The logistical support, research assistance, and collegial setting of the Cowles Foundation have been invaluable.
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The miserable failures of capitalist economies in the Great Depression were root causes of worldwide social and political disasters.
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We are ardent, if mediocre, skiers, alpine and crosscountry, and tennis players. In Wisconsin we like to canoe down rivers and swim and sail on our small lake.
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Yale places great stress on undergraduate and graduate teaching. I like teaching, and I do a lot of it.
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