Albert O. Hirschman

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Economist Albert O. Hirschman, famous for his work contrasting voice and exit, has passed away. He lived an interesting life:

His life would lead him to study in Berlin, Paris, London, and Trieste, where he finished his PhD. Along the way he fought in the Spanish Civil War, volunteered in the French Army, and worked in Marseilles to help refugees escape the Nazis. A Rockefeller fellowship brought him to Berkeley in 1940, where he met wife and life-long partner, Sarah. After serving in the American army, Hirschman moved his family to Washington, where he went to work at the Federal Reserve Board, to begin a long career as an economist.

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