Mitchell, Wesley Clair

Mitchell (1874-1948) was educated at the newly formed University of Chicago, where he was influenced by Veblen, Laughlin and Dewey. He was instructor in economics at Chicago (1899-1903), assistant professor (1903-08) and professor (1909-12) of economics at Berkeley, visiting lecturer at Harvard (1908-09), lecturer (1913) and full professor (1914-44) at Columbia University. He was one of the founders of the New School for Social Research in New York, where he taught for a time between 1919 and 1922, and of the National Bureau of Economic Research (1920), where he was director of research until 1945. In 1931-32 Mitchell spent a year in Oxford as Eastman visiting professor, where, according to Harrod, he played a relevant part in bringing the economic tutors "together into a cohesive group" and in stimulating "empirical verification and field inquiry".

See list of letters .

Source: DAB ; New Palgrave ; R. F. Harrod, "Wesley Mitchell in Oxford", Economic Journal, September 1949.

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