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...it is distressing how often one can guess the answer given to an economic question merely by knowing who asks it.
I attended schools in Seattle through the University of Washington, from which I was graduated in 1931. I spent the next year at Northwestern University.
The main insight learned from interdisciplinary studies is the return to specialization
Competition is a tough weed, not a delicate flower.
There is only one social science and we are its practitioners
If you never miss a plane, you’re spending too much time at the airport.
My teaching began in 1936 at Iowa State College where T. W. Schultz was the department chairman.
I recall my mother asking in about 1946 what I was and I replied proudly that I was a professor. A decade later she repeated her question and I repeated my answer. "No promotion?" was her comment.
Theories are not rejected by cirsumstantial evidence: it takes a theory to beat a theory.
It was in the 1960s that I began the detailed study of public regulation.
All great economists are tall. There are two exceptions: John Kenneth Galbraith and Milton Friedman.
...the number of saintly men has not yet risen to the level where the census makes them a separate statistical category.
Stigler's Law: No scientific discovery is named after its original discoverer.
In the 1950s, I proposed the survivor method of determining the efficient sizes of enterprises, and worked on delivered price systems, vertical integration, and similar topics.
And yet I would not freely exchange my science for those of my fellow laureates. They are forever confined in their professional discussions to the small numbers of their fellow scientists.
In 1958, I came to Chicago where I have remained.
I met my wife, Margaret L. Mack, at the University of Chicago. We were married in 1936. She died in 1970.
My interests were aroused, and my faith in the cliches of the subject destroyed, as so often with other subjects, by the discussions with my friend, Aaron Director.
Even before I came to Chicago, I had gotten interested in the existence of dispersion of prices under conditions which economic theory said would yield a single price.
My main graduate training was received at the University of Chicago from which I received the Ph.D. in 1938.
Mathematics has no symbols for confused ideas.
I started working and publishing in price theory by 1938.