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Daniel L. McFadden

AKA Daniel Leigh McFadden

Born: 29-Jul-1937
Birthplace: Raleigh, NC

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Economist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Statistical analysis of individual and household behavior

Daniel L. McFadden's father had only a fourth-grade education but worked as a bookkeeper for a bank, and his mother was an architect. He was raised on a farm with no electricity or running water, was active in 4-H Club, and was expelled from high school for political activism. Still, he scored well enough on entrance exams to earn his PhD at the University of Minnesota. For developing new theories to analyze the most individual of economic choices -- people's choices or where to live, work, shop, etc. -- McFadden and James J. Heckman were awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000, and shared a cash honorarium of about $1.3-million. McFadden donated his half to charity. He currently teaches at the University of California at Berkeley, and lives on a farm about an hour north of the school.

Father: Robert Sain McFadden (bookkeeper)
Mother: Alice Little McFadden (architect)
Wife: Beverlee Tito Simboli (photographer, m. 1962)
Daughter: Nina McFadden (chef)
Son: Robert McFadden (scientist)
Son: Raymond McFadden (software developer)

    High School: (expelled)
    University: BS Physics, University of Minnesota (1956)
    University: PhD Behavioral Science, University of Minnesota (1962)
    Scholar: Economics, University of Pittsburgh (1962-63)
    Teacher: Economics, UC Berkeley (1963-68)
    Teacher: Economics, University of Chicago (1966-67)
    Professor: Economics, UC Berkeley (1968-77, 1991-)
    Professor: Economics, Yale University (1976-77)
    Professor: Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977-91)
    Administrator: Director of Statistics Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1986-91)
    Scholar: Economics, California Institute of Technology (1990)
    Administrator: Director of Econometrics Laboratory, UC Berkeley (1991-)

    Ford Fellowship 1958
    John Bates Clark Medal 1975
    Nobel Prize for Economics 2000 (with James J. Heckman)
    4-H Club
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    Economists for Peace and Security
    National Academy of Sciences
    Expelled from School
    Irish Ancestry Maternal

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Author of books:
Urban Travel Demand (1975, with Thomas A. Domencich)
Production Economics: A Dual Approach to Theory and Applications (1978, with Melvyn Fuss)
Structural Analysis of Discrete Data with Econometric Applications (1981, with Charles F. Manski)
Microeconomic Modeling and Policy Analysis: Studies in Residential Energy Demand (1984, with Thomas G. Cowing)
Preferences, Uncertainty, and Optimality (1990, with John S. Chipman and Marcel K. Richter)

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