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Robert W. Fogel

AKA Robert William Fogel

Born: 1-Jul-1926
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 11-Jun-2013
Location of death: Oak Lawn, IL [1]
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Economist, Historian

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Cliometrics

Robert W. Fogel and Douglass C. North were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1993, for their development of "cliometrics", a method of studying economic history by applying modern statistical techniques. Fogel is also known for his research into 19th century American railroad industry which, he concluded, had less economic impact than had previously been thought, and for his controversial study of American slavery, which determined that slaves' standard of living compared favorably with northern white workers, and that slavery was an economically sound albeit morally reprehensible business practice.


[1] ManorCare Health Services, Oak Lawn, IL.

Father: (owned a grocery store)
Brother: Ephim Fogel (poet, b. 1926)
Wife: Enid Cassandra Morgan Fogel (college administrator)
Son: Michael Fogel
Son: Steven Fogel

    High School: Stuyvesant High School, New York City, NY (1944)
    University: BA History, Cornell University (1948)
    Teacher: Johns Hopkins University (1958-59)
    University: MA, Columbia University (1960)
    Teacher: University of Rochester (1960-64)
    University: PhD Economics, Johns Hopkins University (1963)
    Teacher: University of Chicago (1964-65)
    Professor: University of Chicago (1965-74)
    Professor: University of Rochester (1968-75)
    Professor: American History and Institutions, Cambridge University (1974-75)
    Professor: Harvard University (1975-81)
    Professor: University of Chicago (1981-)

    Nobel Prize for Economics 1993 (with Douglass C. North)
    American Economic Association President (1991)
    European Academy of Sciences
    Ford Foundation
    National Academy of Sciences
    National Science Foundation
    National Bureau of Economic Research Research program director (1979-91)
    National Bureau of Economic Research Research program director (2000-07)
    Social Science Research Council Fellow (1961-63)
    Jewish Ancestry
    Russian Ancestry
    Chicago School Economists

Author of books:
Railroads and American Economic Growth: Essays in Econometric History (1970)
The Reinterpretation of American Economic History (1971, with Stanley L. Engerman)
Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery (1974)
Which Road to the Past?: Two Views of History (1983, with G. R. Elton)
Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American slavery (1992, two volumes, with Stanley L. Engerman)
The Fourth Great Awakening & the Future of Egalitarianism (2000)
The Slavery Debates, 1952-1990: A Retrospective (2003)
The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America, and the Third World (2004)


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