Arnold C. Harberger

Title: Economist, Educator (Retired)
Location:  Los Angeles, California, United States

Arnold C. Harberger has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics.

In a climate where many economists are criticized for not being realistic to what’s occurring in the nation and around the world, Dr. Harberger is regarded as truly one of a kind. A real-world economist who has prioritized linking economics to current issues, he has met with tremendous success since establishing his career in 1949. His devotion to his career is demonstrated in his longevity and reputation as an expert. Retired since 1991, he committed his career to the University of Chicago. Over the years, he held many prominent roles, from associate professor of economics in 1953, to professor in 1959,  chairman of the department in 1964, director of the center for Latin American Economic Studies in 1965, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift distinguished service professor in 1977, and distinguished professor in 1992. Additionally, Dr. Harberger spent many years as a professor of economics at UCLA. His expertise in his field has afforded him opportunities on a global scale. Notably, he was a visiting professor for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies in New Delhi, India, and visiting professor at the University of Paris. As an economist, he has advised as a member of planning commissions and committees for economic development in such countries as India, Chile, Dominican Republic, China, Ecuador, Colombia, Nicaragua, Indonesia, El Salvador, Canada, Egypt, Madagascar and Panama. In addition, he has worked with ministries and departments of finance for Malawi, Venezuela, Canada and Indonesia, among others.

Dr. Harberger’s professional excellence has led him in achieving recognition as a Guggenheim fellow and Fulbright scholar. In addition, he is distinguished as a faculty research fellow for the Social Science Research Council and the Ford Foundation. A recipient of a Bradley Prize and Life for Freedom Award for his work, Dr. Harberger attributes his success to a blend of his passion and his academic background. He holds a Master of Arts and a PhD from the University of Chicago, earned in 1947 and 1950 respectively. He has been the recipient of multiple honorary doctorates from international universities including the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile, University Americana, the Instituto Tecnologicó Autonomo de Mexico, the University Francisco Marroquin, the Technical University of Central America, 1989, the Catholic University of Chile and the University of Tucuman. To remain at the top of his field, Dr. Harberger holds memberships with the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Economic Association, the Royal Economic Society, the National Tax Association, the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis, the National Academy of Sciences and Phi Beta Kappa. Looking ahead, Dr. Harberger intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement.

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