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1Name:  Dr. Albert Otto Hirschman
 Institution:  Institute for Advanced Study
 Year Elected:  1979
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  302. Economics
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1915
 Death Date:  December 10, 2012
Albert O. Hirschman was a development economist renowned for his lucid and innovative contributions to economics, the history of ideas, and the social sciences. He was a major participant in the discussion of the emergence of authoritarian regimes in Latin America in the sixties and the seventies, and the return to democratic forms of governance in the eighties. His view of development acknowledges the complexity of human behavior and social reality. His books include Exit, Voice, and Loyalty (1970); The Passions and the Interests (1977), which traces the history of social thought from Machiavelli to Tocqueville; and The Rhetoric of Reaction (1991). Dr. Hirschman received a Ph.D. from the University of Trieste and has taught at Yale, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. He was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study since 1972 and was Professor Emeritus of the School of Social Science since 1985. Dr. Hirschman was a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Berliner Wissenschaftliche Gesselschaft, and the National Academy of Sciences and is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Albert Hirschman died December 10, 2012, at the age of 97, in Ewing Township, New Jersey.
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1979 (1)