Guide to the Robert M. Solow Papers, 1951-2011 and undated
Nobel Prize-winning economist and economics professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Robert M. Solow Papers span the years 1951-2011 and document the full scope of his professional, scholarly, and academic work. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence (1960-2011) with students, colleagues, and other economists, and it includes his reviews of papers by other scholars, referee reports, letters of recommendation, articles written for the public, professional correspondence as well as policy recommendations. The papers also contain lecture notes for courses Solow taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1972-1996); published papers by Solow on macroeconomics, growth theory, linear programming, and other topics (1950-2011); and files from economic, academic, and governmental organizations in which he served, including the American Economics Association and the Econometrics Society, and the Council of Economic Advisors to the White House. The collection is divided into the following series: Correspondence, Teaching Materials, Published Papers and Writings, Professional Service, and Audiovisual Materials.
- Collection Number
- Robert M. Solow papers
- 1951-2011 and undated
- Solow, Robert M.
- 63.1 Linear Feet, 45,300 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
The papers of Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert M. Solow span the years 1951-2011 and document his professional, scholarly, and academic work. The majority of the collection consists of voluminous files of correspondence (1960-2011) with students, colleagues, and other economists, and it includes his reviews of papers by other scholars, referee reports, letters of recommendation articles for the public, professional correspondence as well as policy recommendations. The papers also contain lecture notes for courses Solow taught at MIT (1972-1996); published papers by Solow on macroeconomics, growth theory, linear programming, and other topics (1950-2011); and files from economic, academic, and governmental organizations in which he served, including the American Economics Association, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. The published papers series also contains notes and rough drafts on topics such as econometrics, employment (specifically the theory of unemployment) and growth policies, macroeconomics, and the theory of capital. There is also some material on the Neo-classical Growth Model, also known as the Solow-Swan Growth Model (1956).
The largest series in the collection, the Correspondence Series is subdivided into three groups: Chronological Correspondence, Alphabetical Correspondence, and Recommendations. The first two consist of correspondence from students, colleagues, and collaborators, with some responses from Solow included. The exchanges include economists such as Kenneth Arrow, Olivier Blanchard, Alan Blinder, Partha Dasgupta, Frank Hahn, Paul Samuelson, and James Tobin. The alphabetical correspondence dating from 1951-1976, is similar in content to the chronological correspondence but smaller in size; it also contains more pieces related to organizations and businesses. The Alphabetical Correspondence (Recommendations) dating from 1971-1986, is the smallest of the three and consists of requests for and the subsequent letters of recommendation from Solow for either students or professional economists.
The Teaching Materials Series houses the teaching materials generated from Solow’s MIT economics courses (spanning an approximate 30 years of his 40 year MIT career) as well as the notes and materials used for lectures given at other forums and institutions. These materials consist of reading lists, syllabi, outlines, exams, problem sets and their solutions, homework, waivers, attendance rosters, assignments, spiral notebooks of economic equations, and personal preparatory notes handwritten by Solow.
Nearly all of Solow’s major publications and co-publications (see bibliography for the few exceptions) are found in the Published Papers and Writings Series. These include his Ph.D. thesis, speeches, lectures, invited lectures, panel discussions, op-ed pieces, journal articles, brochures, pamphlets, reviews of his works and his responses to the reviews, Congressional testimony, and memorial tributes, as well as the rough drafts and notes for these documents.
The Professional Service Series includes varied documents associated with the groups Robert Solow was either a member of, held a position in, wrote pieces for, or supported. Files contain correspondence, meeting minutes, proposals, reports, publications, votes, elections, and financial reports. The largest organizations represented in this series are the American Economic Association and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.
Four videos featuring Solow are collected in the Audio Visual Series. Materials date from 2003 to 2009. Within the series, one item is recorded on a VHS cassette and the rest are in DVD format.
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The Correspondence Series is the largest in the collection and is subdivided into three subseries. The Chronological Correspondence, dating from 1960 to 2011, is the largest of the three. It contains many files of personal and professional correspondence, including students and academics requesting comments on their work; conference and sabbatical invitations; letters asking for advice on economic problems from bank and federal officials; Christmas cards; congratulatory letters following his Nobel Prize; curriculum vitae and recommendation requests; thank you letters; and many more items. The Alphabetical Correspondence, dating from 1951-1976, is similar to the chronological correspondence in content. The first two subseries include Solow's exchanges with economists such as George Akerlof, Kenneth Arrow, Jagdish Bhagwati, Olivier Blanchard, Alan Blinder, Partha Dasgupta, Avinash Dixit, Frank Hahn, Robert Hall, Janos Kornai, Assar Lindbeck, Donald McCloskey, Ian McDonald, Luigi Pasinetti, Paul Samuelson, Vernon Smith, George Stigler, and James Tobin. The two subseries also include correspondence with politicians, like Daniel P. Moynihan and Joseph Biden, and with foundations, like Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Alphabetical Correspondence (Recommendations), dating from 1971-1986, is the smallest of the three and is a compilation of requests for and the subsequent letters of recommendation for either students or professional economists searching for job positions and/or entry into graduate and post-graduate school. As noted above, letters of recommendation are also included in the subsection Chronological Correspondence. The Correspondence Series covers a wide range of topics related to the growth model, neo-classicism, Keynes and Keynesianism, the efficiency wage model, price expectations, the money-wage dynamics, environmental policies as well as the state of the U.S. economy, including the rising inflation of the 1970s. Given their breadth and their span in time, the exchanges with Partha Dasgupta and Frank Hahn give excellent overviews about Solow the economist as well as Solow the man.
Correspondence arranged by date. Notable economists or topics are mentioned below each year's entry. The final box in this series (107) is a half-size manuscript box.
Frank H. Hahn, Roy Harrod, Walter W. Heller, Samuel Hollander, comment on Georgescu-Roegen.
Arnold C. Harberger, Exchanges with Frank H. Hahn on hiring Mirrlees, hiring Dixit, deciding about Econometrica Editorship.
Robert W. Fogel, Harry G. Johnsson, R.C.O. Matthews, Gyorgy Szakolczai, Robert K. Merton on institutiing a prize in social sciences. Suggestions for the structure of The Econometric Society.
Karl Shell, correspondence with Frank H. Hahn on his view of Keynes and the Keynesian Revolution, Edwin Burmeister.
A refined version of a note on microeconomic theory, Robert J. Gordon, David Gale, recommendation of Joeseph E. Stiglitz and Mark Killingsworth, James A Mirrlees, correspondence with Edwin Burmeister on capital and growth theory, comments on Robert L. Heilbroner's paper, Daniel Bell, correspondence with Robert Dorfman on Phillips curve.
Malcolm S. Cohen, Franklin M. Fisher, Arthur M. Okun, comments on Robert E. Hall's paper on wages and unemployment.
Correspondence with: Stanley Fischer, Assar Lindbeck, Paul W. McCracken, James A. Mirrlees, William Nordhaus, Arthur Okun, Joan Robinson, Amartya Sen, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Lester G. Telser, Christian von Wezsaecher. Recommendations for: Robert E. Hall, Joseph E. Stiglitz. Essay "Microeconomic Theory".
Charlie E. Ferguson, Christian Werner, NBER proposal on examining whether the fluctuations in the "utilization" of the capital stock are large enough to account for the short-run behavior of labor productivity, correspondence with John K. Cordy on the Solow growth model.
Correspondence with Herbert A. Simon and David Gale on growth model, correspondence with Fredric Raines on wage and price dynamics.
Kazuo Sato,comments on J. Herbert Hollomon's propposal on transportation externalities.
Correspondence with Peter A. Diamond, James A. Mirrlees. Book proposal of Christopher Dougherty on capital and profit. Comment on Joan Robinson's Collected Papers.
Comments on J. Borkaktoti's paper on Solow's growth model, correspondence with Paul Isenman on the problem of laissez-faire as a guide to the proper path of economic growth, correspondence with Alfred E. Kahn on productivity.
Alan S. Blinder. A draft of a thank you speech for Aron Gordon. Letter to Robert F. Drinan in support of environmental and public transit ammendments to the Federal Aid to Highways Act.
Emilio Casetti, correspondence with George J. Stigler on Becker's theory of marrige.
Garet Hardin. Recommendations for Peter A. Diamond and Robert J. Gordon.
Gordon C. Cameron, correspondence with Veniero Del Punta on the Cambridge debate, George A. Akerlof, correspondence with Peter Der Sarkisiam regarding Solow's article on pollution and its control.
Edwin Burmeister, comments on Anwar Shaikh's paper on production function, correspondence with Edgar L. Feige on the paper on the effectiveness of the wage-price control experiment, comments on Edwin S. Mills' Note of New Urban Economics.
Richard B. Hansen, a rejoinder to a comment on Solow's article 'Is the End of the World at Hand?', comments on Aldo Montesano's paper on the general theory of land demand and rent, Richard J. Zeckhauser.
Peter Diamond, William D. Nordhaus. Exchanges with Arthur L. Singer from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on the possible economics program of the foundation. Letter of recommendation for Robert E. Lucas, Jr.
Armen A. Alchian, Peter Diamond. Letter of recommendation for Avinash K. Dixit. Report on Institute for Advanced Study by Landon Y. Junes.
Letter from W.W. Rostow on counter-productive attacks on equilibrium theory by Kaldor and others. Letters of recommendation for Vernon L. Smith.
Letter to Geoffrey Hall on Solow's Ely Lecture. Harry G. Johnson arguing that theory should be accessible to people with lower abilities in mathematics. Letter to Assar Lindbeck on short time horizons of politicians. Memorandum on Economics Program of The Sloan Foundation.
Daniel Bell, Yoshitsugu Kanemote, Solow's article titled "Energy Crisis and Environment".
The Sloan Foundation. Letter from James Tobin to Walter W. Heller on discretionary economic policy. Letters of recommendation for Alan S. Blinder and James Heckman. Biographical Sketch (multiple versions).
Daniel Bell, correspondence with Robert Eisner on his article titled "Keynesian Revolution Reconsidered".
Robert J. Barro. Letter to Senator Hubert H. Humphrey in support of further monetary expansion. Econometric Society Ballot. Arthur Smithies, paper Interest Rate Policy and Inflation.
Irving Kristol, a letter to editor of New York Times on stagflation by R.A. Gordon, Lawrence Klein, Franco Modigliani, Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow, Paul Taubman and James Tobin.
Bertil Ohlin. Correspondence with Benjamin Higgins in support of research on central planning. Financial difficulties of The Econometric Society. Paper for popular audience "A Guide to Inflation".
Review Committee of Institute for Advanced Study, the letter of resignation of the Director of IAS, Carl Kaysen.
Arthur F. Burns, R.A. Gordon, Eastern Economics Journal, Embassy of Israel, Harry G. Johnson, C.P. Kindleberger, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, George Stigler, James Tobin, .
Correspondence with George Eads on material shortage issues, comments on Heal's "The Influence of Interest Rates on Resource Prices".
Minutes for the meeting of the Review Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Institute for Advanced Study.
Avinash Dixit, F.H. Hahn, Jacob Marshak, Stephen L. Near (U.S. House of Representatives), Mancur Olson.
William J. Baumol, Partha Dasgupta, Gerard Debreu, Peter A. Diamond, Robert T. Hall. Letter of recommendation for Paul Krugman.
A draft of "The Public Letter on Tax Incentives for Restraining Wage/Price Inflation", James Tobin, Peter Berck, Ronald Grieson.
Robert J. Gordon, Herschel I. Grossman. Referee letter for Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on proposal from Law and Economics Center. Public Letter on Tax Incentives for Restraining Inflation.
Correspondence with Martin N. Baily on capital utilization and short-run productivity.
Drafts of an article titled "Toward Realism about Inflation", Paul Davidson.
Correspondence with William A. Darity on Keynes and Unemployment, correspondence with Robert Hall on rational expectations.
Don Patinkin, Alan S. Blinder. A draft of "A Curmudgeonely Note on the New Econometrics."
James A. Mireless, N. Gregory Mankiw, correspondence with Yoram Barzel on price formation process.
Donald M. McCloskey. Correspondence with Frank Hahn on rational expectations.
Correspondence with Philip Cagan and his draft "Anticipated and Unanticipated Changes in Wealth and the Consumption Function.". Referee report on Meltzer's outline of a book on Keynes.
Memorandum of "Economic Trends Pointing to the Importance of Ocean Resources".
George Akerloff, Alan Blinder, James K. Galbraith, Herbert A. Simon, George Stigler.
Manuscript "Population Growth and Economic Development: Policy Questions." by National Research Council.
A report to the Committee on the operation of Economics program by Oversight Committee, Kenneth J. Arrow, Claudia Goldin, Dale W. Jorgenson, Robert E. Lucas, Veron Smith, Robert M. Solow, Joseph E. Stiglitz.
Referee report on Julian L. Simon's manuscript "The Perverseness of Hotelling's Rule." Correspondence about the manuscript "Keynes, Lucas, and Scientific Revolutions." by Alan Blinder. Manuscript by David Colander "In Defense of Mainstream Economics."
Assar Lindbeck. Correspondence with Herbert A. Simon about his manuscript "Some Trivial but Useful Mathematics: Ordinal Variables." Correspondence with U.S. Senators: Lawton Chiles, P.V. Domenici, J. Bennett Johnston.
A reply to John R. Garrett's review of Sargent, Nancy Folbre, Jorgen Weibull.
Robert Heilbroner, Richard Stone, Burton H. Klein, Daniel Bell, a reply to Assar Lindbeck regarding the Nobel Prize nominations.
Franco Modigliani, a draft report to the executive committee of the AEA Ad Hoc Committee on the Journal of Economic Perspectives by Leonid Hurwicz, Michael S. McPherson, Albert Rees, Robert M. Solow, William J. Baumol.
Martin Feldstein, Timothy J. Kehoe, David Landes, J.A. Mirrlees. Correspondence with D.P. Moynihan, U.S. Senate.
Jagdish Bhagwati, Priscilla K. Gray. Letter to Julius Margolis on T. Schelling
D.P. Maynihan, U.S. Senate. Nomination of Paul Samuelson for the National Medal of Science.
Jagdish Bhagwati, Ddale W. Jorgenson, Gregory Mankiw, Thomas C. Shelling. Daniel P. Moynihan, U.S. Senate.
Report on Donald McCloskey. Open letter to Mikhail Gorbachev, signed by a number of economists. James J. Heckman.
Robert W. Fogel, Oliver Williamson, a letter to James J. Heckman on his paper on the labor market equilibrium.
Gregory C. Chow on capital and growth, Frank H. Hahn, Gottfried Bombach, Ian McDonald.
Letter to David Colander on AS-AD model. Letter to Assar Lindbeck on the contributions of Robert Lucas.
Noam Chomsky, Albert Hirschman, Charles R. Plott. Assessment letter about Amartya Sen.
P.J.N. Sinclair, correspondence with Christopher Chase-Dunn on the development of macroeconomics.
Frank H. Hahn, W.W. Rostow, Vernon Smith. Draft of Frank H. Hahn's "Incomplete Market Economies".
D.P. Moynihan, U.S. Senate. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. James Tobin, statement on U.S. economic policy.
Mancur Olson, Tibor Scitovski, James Tobin. Joseph R. Biden, U.S. Senate. Franjo Tudman, president of the Republic of Croatia.
A reply to Andrea Beltratti on endogenous growth with fixed factors, Gary S. Becker.
Steven G. Gallagher,a reply to John S. Atlee on the Clinton Administration and the U.S. economy, Robert Eisner.
Gilles Saint-Paul, Madeline Sunley on proposal for a new journal "Technology, Business and Enviornment", Luigi Pasinetti, Lawrence Katz.
Jagdish Bhagwati, Stephen M. Stigler, Stanley Fisher. Wilson-Friedman correspondence.
An open letter to prime minister Hosokawa and President Clinton,Jagdish Bhagwati.
A reply to Martin F.J. Prachowny on his paper on the labor market, Edmund S. Phelps.
Kenneth J. Arrow, Edward M. Kennedy, Sumner M. Rosen. Correspondence with Janet Fisher on taking over Review of Economics and Statistics. Janos Kornai's critique of Vaclav Klaus.
A manuscript on "Social and Economic Issues in Global Sustainability", Olivier Blanchard.
Jagdish Bhagwati, Tibor Scitovski, Thomas Sowell. Essay "Introduction of William Julius Wilson."
Robert Eisner, Robert Kuttner. A letter of Norgarat to Arrow on the system of national accounts. Robert Dorfman on Boehm-Bawerk.
James Buchanan, Ronald McKinnon, William F Schreiber. Assar Lindbeck on endogenous habits and norms and welfare state. The President of Germany.
Kenneth R. Fulton, Charles Plott, Thomas Bender, comments on Peter Diamond's paper on money illusion.
Jagdish Bhagwati, Partha Dasgupta, Christina Romer, Ian McDonald. Letter to Ann Sochi on Don Patinkin. Assessment of Perry Mehrling.
Letter to Ajit Singh on popular disagreement with inflation and overextended welfare state. Letter to Martin Eichenbaum about identification of demand shocks.
Jagdish Bhagwati. Letter to Laurence Ball on disinflation and NAIRU. Evaluation of Xavier Sala-i-Martin. Letter to Mark Wrighton on NYU.
Robert Eisner, John E. Tilton, correspondence with Olivier Blanchard on his paper on the natural rate of unemployment.
A letter to William J. Clinton on the welfare reform bill, Robert J. Gordon.
Heinz Family Foundation - The Heinz Awards. Correspondence with Robert Leeson on personal relationship with George Stigler.
J.C.R. Dow on Macroeconomic Theory by Hahn and Solow. Response to comments on Solow's Tanner Lecture. Comment on Avinash Dixit and Mancur Olson. Correspondence with Martin N. Baily about outline for a JEP paper.
A reply to Frank Hahn on his paper on labor market flexibility and welfare.
Correspondence with Howard R. Vane about interview with Solow. A long mauscript of an interview with Solow.
John T. Dunlop, Richard Startz, a reply to Pierre Levy on Fisher's ideas to the Phillips curve.
Mancur Olson's death. Correspondence with Charles I. Jones on economies of scale.
Comment on Robert C. Granger and his work on causality. Correspondence with Perry Mehrling on Social Security. Correspondence with Basil Moore on endogenous money supply.
Robert J. Gordon. Comment on F.H. Hahn's "The "Exogenous" in "Endogenous" Growth Theory."
Correspondence with Ludger Lindlar on German unemployment. Exchange with Joachim Starbatty on Hayek and Asian crisis.
Albert Hirschmann. Maurice Scott. Letter to Olivier Blanchard about Peter Diamond. Letter to Albert Hunt comparing different chairmans of the Fed. Manuscript of the review of "The Crisis of Global Capitalism" by George Soros.
Hans G. Danielmeyer, Dale W. Jorgenson, a copy of an old letter from Joan Robinson to R.S. Eckaus in 1955.
Letter to Daniel Bell on advances and failures of technology. Letter to Tibor Sctitovsky on a case study of a BMW factory. Letter to Olivier Blanchard on Blanchard's paper on shocks and institutions as explanatory variables of the European unemployment.
Philippe Aghion, Jack M. Hollander. Exchange with Richard Halpern on Solow's review of a book by Soros. Letter to Olivier Blanchard about a Center for the Study of Economic Growth. An exchange with Horace Gaims on monetary reform.
Robert Gordon. Letter on Xavier Ragot's paper on division of labor. Assessment of Partha Dasgupta. Letter to David Altig on SOcial Security. Letter to Olivier Blanchard on VARs.
Letter to Sanford D. Gordon on economists with Jewish background. Letter to George Tavlas on Milton Friedman. Letter to Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis on the role of institutions in transition economies. Letter to Jose Villacis on German Bernacer.
Charles Plott, Howard R. Vane. Exchange with Frank H. Hahn on expectations. Answers to questions related to factors of U.S. economic growth, trade barriers, the theory of endogenous growth, or dollarization.
Olivier Blanchard, Frank H. Hahn, Charles Plott. Letter to M. Vincent Courtilot on important French economists. Charles Steindel on current business cycle. A short remebrance on his position at CEA.
William Easterly, Frank H. Hahn. Letter to Alan Peacock on homo economicus.
Assar Lindbeck on welfare state, Olivier Blancard, Daniel Bell, Frank Hahn.
Luigi Pasinetti, Stanley Fischer, Robert Dorfman, Martin Weitzman, Ben Bernake.
Laurence Ball, Bert G. Hickman, Janos Kornai. Letter to Edward A. Malloy on heterodox economics.
Bengt Holmstrom, Partha Dasgupta, a report prepared by Kenneth Arrow, Gary Becker, Dennis Carlton and Robert Solow on behalf of Verizon on telecommunications.
Orley Ahenfrelter, Avinash Dixit, Arnold Kling. Letter to Marc-Andre Bacon on Sidney Siegel. Letter to Alexander J. Field on Mirowski.
Avinash K. Dixit, Jordi Gali, Oliver de La Grandville, Janos Kornai, Bjorn Lomborg, Martin Weitzman.
Partha Dasgupta, William Easterly, Robert E. Lucas Jr., Edmund S. Phelps. Letter to Roger Backhouse on 1968 QJE paper.
Jean-Philippe Touffut, a letter to Samuel Brittan on Keynes and Keynesian economics, Daniel Schiffman, Olivier de La Grandville.
Partha Dasgupta, Olivier de La Grandville. A support letter for Jean-Paul Fitoussi.
Alan S. Blinder, David Colander, Olivier de La Grandville, Janos Kornai.
Olivier Blanchard, Olivier de La Grandvillei. Discussion with Jagdish Bhagwati on Nobel Prizes.
Vijay Joshi, Jacques-Henri David, Avinash K. Dixit, Desiree Desierto, Olivier de La Grandville.
George Akerlof, Kenneth J. Arrow. Exchange with Max Corden on Ben Bernanke and the MIT tradition.
George Akerlof, Olivier de La Grandville, George Waldstein, Carl Christian von Weizsaecker.
Roger Backhouse, Gordon Berlin, Jagdish Bhagwati, Alan Blinder, Pierre-Andre de Chalendar, Avinash K. Dixit, Benjamin Friedman, Olivier de La Grandville, Robert Hall, Tom Killian, Ian M. McDonald, Mark Schneider.
Horst Albach, E. Roy Weintraub. Correspondence with Sidney Winter on DSGE.
Correspondence loosely arranged by last name. Notable names are listed below.
Jagdish Bhagwati, William J. Baumol, Edwin Burmeister, Theodore W. Schultz, Daniel Bell, Edwin Burmeister, Gary S. Becker, Christopher Bliss,D.M. Bensusuan-Butt, G.L. Bach.
Martin J. Bailey, William J Baumol, Martin Beckmann,Frank Brechling, Hans Brems, O.H. Brownlee, Susan Burch, G.L. Bach.
Christopher Dougherty, Herman E. Daly, John S. Dyson, Edward Denison, Romensh K. Diwan, Robert Dorfman, Peter Diamond, Evsey D. Domar.
P.N. Dhar, Phoebus Dhrymes, Thomas F. Dernburg, Gerard Debreu, Evsey D. Domar, Robert Dorfman.
Engagements: Berkeley Research Program, Data Processing Management Association, Conference on Research in Income and Wealth.
Charles E. Ferguson, Robert W. Fogel, F.M. Fisher, Milton Friedman, William Fellner, David Fand, Ragnar Frisch.
Zvi Griliches, J.K. Galbraith, H.A. John Green, W.M. Gorman, R.A. Gordon, David Gale, Harry Grubert.
Gottfried Haberler,Frank Hahn,Bernard F. Haley, George A. Hay, Richard Heflebower,I.N. Herstein, Charles Hitch, Roy Harrod.
Nicholas Kaldor,T.C. Koopmans, Lawrence R. Klein, Murray C. Kemp, T.N. Krishnan, Irving Kristol.
Lionel W. McKenzie, Franco Modigliani, Ronald I. McKinon, James Mirrless.
George J. Stigler, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Sidney Siegel,Herbert A. Simon, Robert H. Strotz, Alan Sweezy, J.R. Sargent.
Alphabetical correspondence regarding recommendations. May contain information that is covered by privacy and confidentiality laws; publication or distribution is prohibited without consent of subject.
Includes the teaching materials used in Solow's courses, spanning much of his 40-year MIT career, as well as the notes and materials used for lectures given at other forums and institutions of higher learning. Materials consist of reading lists, syllabi, outlines, exams, problem sets and their solutions, homework, waivers, attendance rosters, assignments, spiral notebooks of economic equations, and personal preparatory notes handwritten by Solow. Arranged in order as received.
Includes most of Solow's major publications and co-publications (see bibliography for the few exceptions). These include his Ph. D. thesis, speeches, lectures, invited lectures, panel discussions, op-ed pieces, journal articles, brochures, pamphlets, reviews of his works and his responses to said reviews, congressional testimony, and memorial tributes, as well as the rough drafts and/or notes for these documents.
Includes varied documents associated with the groups Robert Solow was either a member of, held a position in, wrote pieces for, or supported. These documents include: correspondence, meeting minutes, proposals, reports, publications, votes, elections, and financial reports. The largest organizations represented in this series are the American Economic Association, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.
Series consists of four audio visual recordings featuring Solow. Recording labeled "Professor Samuelson and Professor Solow on Professor Franco Modigliani" is on a VHS cassette. The other materials are in DVD format.
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Robert M. Solow is an American economist whose early work focused on statistics and econometrics, but gradually shifted to employment (specifically the theory of unemployment) and growth policies, macroeconomics, and theory of capital. Most recently his work has been on targets of opportunity and a collaborative effort with Frank Hahn focusing on macro-theory. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Neo-classical Growth Model, also known as the Solow-Swan Growth Model (1956).
Along with Paul Samuelson, he made up the core of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology Economics Department as Institute Professor Emeritus for over forty years. He has held several governmental positions, including Senior Economist for the Council of Economic Advisors (1961-1962), and was a member of the President's Commission on Income Maintenance (1968-1970). He served as president for both the American Economics Association and the Econometric Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a former member of the National Science Board. He is currently serving as Foundation Fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation.
|1923 Aug. 23||
Born in Brooklyn, NY
Attended Harvard College
Served in the U.S. Army (North Africa, Sicily, and Italy)
Returned to Harvard
Married Barbara Lewis
Research assistant to Wassily Leontief under whom he produced the first set of capital-coefficients for the input-output model
Received B.A. from Harvard
Received M.A. from Harvard
Accepted an Assistant Professorship in the Economics Department at M.I.T.
Fellowship year at Columbia University
Received Ph.D. from Harvard
von Neumann Growth Theory (work and development)
Capital Theory (work and development)
Linear Programming (work and development)
Phillips Curve (work and development)
Awarded the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark Medal
Senior economist for the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors
Served as consultant for the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors
President of the Econometric Society
Vice President of American Economic Association
Member of the President’s Commission on Income Maintenance
Vice President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member of the Board of Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
President of the American Economic Association
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for analysis of economic growth
Retired from teaching at MIT
Received National Medal of Science
Co-founded the Cournot Centre for Economic Studies
Received honorary degree in Doctor of Science from Tufts University
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