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Guide to the Peter Diamond Papers, 1963-2013

Abstract

Peter A. Diamond is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has taught since 1966. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science.

The Peter Diamond papers date from 1963 to 2013 and document Diamond's career as a renowned economist whose work has focused on U.S. Social Security policy and other forms of social insurance. The collection's materials cover Diamond's writings, grants, and participation in lectures, seminars, and other events, as well as Diamond's association with groups such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Diamond, Peter A.
Title
Peter Diamond papers 1963-2013
Language of Material
English
Extent
5.0 Linear Feet, 3750 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Peter Diamond papers document Diamond's career as a prominent economist. Materials in the collection date from 1966 to 2013, with the highest concentration of documents from 1986 to 1998. The various manuscripts, books, journal articles, letters, and other resources document Diamond's writing, publication, and grant-writing activities during his years teaching at the University of California-Berkeley and MIT, his prepared testimony for the committees within the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate's Committee on Finance, and his engagement with various groups and institutions.

The Printed Materials series contains four subseries. The first, Journal Articles, includes original copies and reprints of Diamond's writing for publications. The Working Papers subseries contains Diamond's preliminary papers which were intended to be shared with colleagues for further discussion. The third subseries, Books and Chapters, includes copies of Diamond's books and photocopied or printed chapters from his contributions to edited volumes, or chapters by other economists. The final subseries, Pamphlets, includes bound copies of Diamond's testimony, a Report to the U.S. Department of Labor, Pension, and Welfare Benefits Programs, and Diamond's chapter in a pamphlet commemorating his receipt of the 2010 Nobel Prize.

The Drafts series encompasses a number of draft versions of Diamond's various papers and articles, revised in preparation for lectures and publications. These drafts often reflect Diamond's continued work on a project over a span of years.

The Events series contains Diamond's lectures, presented to institutions like Harvard University and The Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, agendas from meetings such as 2009's Discussing Pension Reform in China in Bejing, and various materials from NSF-NBER and other conferences and seminars.

The Correspondence series includes a small amount of Diamond's correspondence, much of which is letters to and from journals between 1966 and 1968, and with the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

The Research Notes series contains Diamond's handwritten notes, transparencies, and different charts and graphs created in preparation for his writings and lectures.

The Electronic Records series contains Diamond's laptops and some electronic media. This series is closed pending processing.

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Contents of the Collection

This series contains four subseries. The first, Journal Articles, includes original copies and reprints of Diamond's writing for publications such as the American Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Political Economy, among others. The Working Papers subseries contains Diamond's preliminary papers which were intended to be shared with colleagues for further discussion. These working papers treat topics such as "Universal Group Health Insurance: Another Approach" and "Unemployment and Vacancies in Steady State Growth," in addition to others. The third subseries, Books and Chapters, includes copies of Diamond's books and photocopied or printed chapters from his contributions to edited volumes, or chapters by other economists. The final subseries, Pamphlets, includes bound copies of Diamond's testimony, a Report to the U.S. Department of Labor, Pension, and Welfare Benefits Programs, and Diamond's chapter in a pamphlet commemorating his receipt of the 2010 Nobel Prize.

The documents in the Journal Articles subseries are organized chronologically. Working Papers, Books and Chapters, and Pamphlets subseries are arranged by title.

Journal articles
Box 1
Neokeynesian Distribution: An Empirical Application
Box 1
Search, Sticky Prices, and Inflation with Consumer Differences
Box 1
On the Asset Demand for Money
Box 1
The Future of Social Security
Box 1
Pricing and the Distribution of Money Holdings in a Search Economy
Box 1
Disembodied Technical Change in a One Sector Model
Box 1
Savings Decisions under Uncertainty
Box 1
Identification of the Elasticity of Substitution and the Rise of Technical Change
Box 1
Integrating Punishment and Efficiency Concerns for Punitive Damages, for Reckless Disregard of Risks to Others
Box 1
Integrating Allocation and Stabilization Budgets
Box 1
Insulation of Pensions from Political Risk
Box 1
Rational Expectations Business Cycles in Search Equilibrium
Box 1
Risk Aversion and Savings
Box 1
Efficiency Effects of Punitive Damages
Box 1
The Economics of Social Security Reform
Box 1
Administrative Costs and Equilibrium Charges with Individual Accounts
Box 1
Optimal Taxation and Public Investment
Box 1
Reforming Pensions
Box 1
Reforming Public Pensions in the U.S. and the U.K.
Box 1
Pensions for an Aging Population
Box 1
Reducing Benefits and Subsidizing Individual Accounts
Box 1
Social Security Investment in Equities
Box 1
Toward an Optimal Social Security Design
Box 1
Ranking, Unemployment Duration, and Wages
Box 1
"Equilibrium without an Auctioneer" in Advances in Economic Theory (1987)
Box 1
"On Contingent Valuation Measurement of Nonuse Values" in Contributions to Economic Analysis, 1993
Box 1
"On the Political Economics of Trade: Notes of a Social Insurance Analyst", 1996
Box 1
"Optimal Tax Theory and Development Policy: Directions for Future Research"
Box 1
"Pricing and the Distribution of Money Holdings in a Search Economy" in New Approaches to Monetary Economics
Box 1
"Social Security Reforms" in The Chilean Economy: Policy Lessons and Challenges
Box 1
"Measurement of the Elasticity of Factor Substitution and Bias of Technical Change" in Production Economics: A Dual Approach to Theory and Applications
Box 1
"Integration Allocation and Stabilization Budgets"
Box 1
"Insulation of Pensions from Political Risk" in The Economics of Pensions
Box 1
"Taxation and Public Production in a Growth Setting"
Box 1
Social Security Reform, 2002
Box 2
Uncertainty in Economics: Readings and Exercises, 1978, 1989
Box 2
Taxation, Incomplete Markets, and Social Security, 2005
Box 2
On Time: Lectures on Models of Equilibrium, 1994
Box 2
Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach, 2004
Box 2
Reforming Pensions: Principles and Policy Choices, 2008
Box 2
The Future of Social Security for this Generation and the Next: Proposals Regarding Personal Accounts. Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, 1998
Box 4
Report of the Consultant Panel on Social Security to the Congressional Research Service, 1976
Box 4
Pension Reform Phase II in Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association of Massachusetts, 2009
Box 4
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance: Report of the Panel on Social Security Financing
Box 4
"Unemployment, Vacancies, Wages" in Les Prix Nobel, 2010
Box 4
National Academy of Social Insurance: Evaluating Issues in Privatizing Social Security
Box 4
"Retirement Savings and Behavior" Report to the U.S. Department of Labor, Pension, and Welfare Benefits Programs
Box 4

This series encompasses a number of draft versions of Diamond's various papers, revised in preparation for lectures and publications. Drafts include preparation for articles such as "Husband and Wife Age Differences and Social Security" (1982) and "How to Keep Social Security Out of Trouble" (1972), among many others. These drafts often reflect Diamond's continued work on a project over a span of years.

Folders in the Drafts series are organized by date and title.

Inventories and Money Holdings in a Search Economy
Box 3
Public Finance Theory -Then and Now
Box 3
Economic Efficiency with Some Irrationality
Box 3
Financial Crisis in Benefit Cost Analysis
Box 3
Pairwise Credit in Search Equilibrium
Box 3
Financial Issues in Benefit Cost Analysis
Box 3
Productivity, 1963
Box 3
A Note on Criteria for Public Investment by Daniel McFadden, 1968
Box 3
External Diseconomies in Competitive Supply, 1972
Box 3
Legal Rules and Resource Allocation, 1972
Box 3
Insurance and Taxation with Individual Uncertainty: The Uniform Case, 1977
Box 3
Social Security: Benefits and Taxes, 1978
Box 3
How to Keep Social Security out of Trouble, 1978
Box 3
Efficient Contracting in Mortensen's Model of the Matching Process, 1979
Box 3
Individual Savings Benefits, 1980
Box 3
Social Security: A Case for Changing the Earnings Test but Not the Normal Retirement Age, 1980
Box 3
An Example of Aggregate Demand Management in Search Equilibrium, 1981
Box 3
Search Equilibrium, 1981
Box 3
Husband-Wife Age Differences and Social Security, 1982
Box 3
Cost of Living Adjustments of Social Security Benefits, 1982
Box 3
Indexing Cost of Living Adjustments, 1982
Box 3
Adjusting One's Standard of Living II: Continuous Time, 1982
Box 3
Discussion of "Saving Behavior" by M. King, 1983
Box 3
Optimal Tax Theory and Development Policy-Directions for Future Research, 1983
Box 3
Externalities and Efficiency in a Model of Stochastic Job Matching, 1984
Box 3
Economic Aspects of Optimal Disability Benefits, 1984, 1992-1993
Box 3
Search Theory, 1985
Box 3
Ignorance and Monetary Policy, 1985
Box 3
Equilibrium without an Auctioneer, 1985
Box 3
Rational Expectations Business Cycles in Search Equilibrium, 1985-1987
Box 3
Credit in Search Equilibrium, 1985, 1986
Box 3
Pricing and the Distribution of Money Holdings in a Search Economy, 1986
Box 3
Stochastic Credit in Search Equilibrium, 1986
Box 3
Optimal Taxation and the Le Chatelier Principle, 1987-1988
Box 3
Unemployment and Vacancies in Steady State Growth, 1988
Box 3
A Proposal for Universal Coverage through Compulsory Group Health Insurance, 1991
Box 3
Organizing the Health Insurance Market, 1991
Box 3
Does Contingent Valuation Measure Preferences? Experimental Evidence, 1992
Box 3
Universal Group Health Insurance: Another Approach, 1992
Box 3
Search, Sticky Prices, and Deflation, 1992
Box 3
Ranking, Unemployment Duration, and Wages, 1992-1993
Box 3
Privatization of Social Security, 1993, 1995, 1998
Box 3
Discussion of the Conceptual Underpinnings of the Contingent Valuation Method by A.C. Fisher, 1994
Box 3
Lectures on Models of Equilibrium, 1994
Box 3
The Health Reform Debate in the U.S., 1994
Box 3
On the Political Economy of Trade: Notes of a Social Insurance Analyst, 1994
Box 3
Economic Support in Old Age, 1995
Box 3
Integration of Eligibility Ages in Social Security Benefit Calculations, 1995
Box 3
Public Provisions of Pensions, 1995
Box 3
Zero Interest and Discount Rate Example, 1995
Box 3
Optimal Income Taxation: An Example with a U-Shaped Pattern of Optimal Marginal Tax Rates, 1996
Box 3
Horizontal Equity, Ideal Taxation, and Optimal Taxation, 1996
Box 3
Deadweight Burden Measurement in an Intertemporal Setting, 1996
Box 3
Managerial Incentives: On the near Linearity of Optimal Compensation, 1998
Box 3
Feldstein's Social Security Plan, 1998
Box 3
Evaluating Issues in Social Security Privatization, 1998
Box 3
Vicarious Liability for Punitive Damages, 1998
Box 3
Quasi-Hyperbolic Discounting and Retirement, 1999
Box 3
Efficiency Effects of Punitive Damages, 2000
Box 3
Benefits and Retirement Age, 2000
Box 3
Integrating Punishment and Efficiency Concerns for Punitive Damages, for Reckless Disregard of Risks to Others, 2001
Box 3
Optimal Tax Treatment of Private Contributions for Public Goods with and without Warm Glow Preferences, 2003
Box 3
Efficiency with Nonrational Defendants: Punitive and Vicarious Punitive Damages, 2004
Box 3
Comments on the Proposed Rules for Natural Resource Damage Assessments: A Submission to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1994
Box 3
Money Illusion, 1995
Box 3
Evaluating Social Security Reform Proposals
Box 3
Notes on Inflationary Distortions and Taxes y Martin J. Bailey
Box 3
Miscellaneous
Box 3

This series includes Diamond's proposals and other grant-related work.

"A Search Equilibrium Approach to the Micro Foundations of Macro," Proposal to the Sloan Foundation
Box 4
"Uncertainty, Social Insurance, and the Micro Foundations of Microeconomics," Proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Box 4
"Public Policy and Uncertainty," NSF
Box 4
Social Insurance, NSF
Box 4

The Events series contains Diamond's lectures, presented to institutions like Harvard University and The Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, agendas from meetings such as 2009's Discussing Pension Reform in China in Bejing, and various materials from NSF-NBER and other conferences and seminars.

The Event series is arranged by the title of the seminar, lecture, conference, etc.

Social Security Panel
Box 4
Undated Lectures
Box 4
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Century Foundation, 2002
Box 4
Social Security Quotes Transparencies
Box 4
Research Agenda on Pensions
Box 4
"Comment on Arrow," Harvard Lecture
Box 4
"Increases in Risk and in Risk Aversion," NSF-NBER Conference on Decision Rules
Box 4
"Incentives and Information," First Berlin Symposium on Planning, 1973
Box 4
"Optimal Taxation of Identical Consumers when Markets are Incomplete," Public Finance Workshop, 1988
Box 4
"Search, Sticky Prices, and Inflation with Consumer Differences" Econometric Society Meeting, 1990
Box 4
"Pension Reform in a Transition Economy: Notes on Poland and Chile," NBER Conference on Industrial Restructuring in Eastern Europe, 1992
Box 4
"Issues in Social Insurance" Nancy L. Schwartz Memorial Lecture, 1993
Box 4
"On the Political Economy of Pensions and Social Security" Miami Seminar, 1994
Box 4
National Health Reform -Comment AEA Meeting, 1994
Box 4
Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on the Closing of CMRAE, 1994
Box 4
"Social Security Reform in the U.S.," IEA Congress, 1995
Box 4
"Economic Support in Old Age," Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, 1995
Box 4
"Macroeconomic Aspects of Social Security Reform," Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, 1997
Box 4
AARP Concord Coalition Debate on Social Security, 1998
Box 4
"The Economics of Social Security Reform," NASI Conference, "Framing the Social Security Debate," 1998
Box 4
Panel for Social Security Advisory Board, 2001
Box 4
"Evaluating the Report of President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security," AEI, 2002
Box 4
"Social Security Reform and the President's Commission," AARP National Legislative Council, 2002
Box 4
"Cyclical Unemployment, Structural Unemployment" Lecture, 2013
Box 4
"Social Security, the Government Budget and National Savings," American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2003
Box 4
"Savings and Portfolio Choice in a Two-Period, Two-Asset Model," Cowles Foundation at Yale University, 2000
Box 4
"Theory and Policy," World Bank Social Safety Nets Seminar, 1994
Box 4
Seminar on Discussing Pension Reform in China, 2009
Box 4

This series includes Diamond's correspondence with journals (primarily 1966 to 1968), the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), and various other individuals and groups.

The Correspondence series is organized by the name of the entity with whom Diamond was corresponding.

1966-2001 and undated
Box 4
Journal Correspondence, 1966-1968
Box 4
National Academy of Social Insurance
(2 folders)
Box 4

The Research Notes series contains Diamond's handwritten and typed research notes, as well as a number of preparatory materials for various publications, including graphs and charts.

The folders in the Research Notes series are arranged by date.

Undated
(2 folders)
Box 4
Expenditure Functions and the Indirect Utility Function (1965)
Box 4
1977
Box 4
1985
Box 4
2003
Box 4
Social Security-Length of Career, 2008
Box 4
2011
Box 4

This series includes various media formats, such as disks and laptop computers, containing Diamond's writings.

Materials in this series are closed pending processing.

Historical Note

Peter A. Diamond is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has worked since 1966. Diamond received a B.A. in mathematics from Yale University in 1960 and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1963. Diamond has been a visiting professor at universities across the world, including Churchill College in Cambridge, U.K. and Harvard University. He has served as a member on panels at the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Senate, and the Massachusetts Legislature. Diamond is the author of twelve books and more than one hundred articles, most of which focus on pension reform, U.S. Social Security policies, and other issues in social insurance. He is a recipient of the 2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for his work on social insurance and equilibrium theory.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Peter Diamond Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Peter Diamond Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Elisabeth Narkin; Meghan Lyon, October 2013

Encoded by Elisabeth Narkin; Meghan Lyon, October 2013

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2013-0105

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.