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Colleagues,

            I write with the sad news that Melvin Reder died this morning.  He was 97 years old.

            Mel joined the Department of Economics in 1949 and taught classes in economic theory and labor economics.  He assumed many administrative positions in the Department until he left in 1971 for the City University of New York.  Later he was on the faculty of the School of Business at the University of Chicago.  Upon retirement, he returned to the Stanford area and frequented seminars in the Department.

            He was a great conversationalist and enjoyed the back and forth of vigorous argument.  At all times, he was an imaginative economist proposing unconventional explanations for a wide range of behavior.  He had many publications that covered many topics within Labor Economics and also in Health Economics, Law and Economics, Macroeconomics, the History of Economics, and Methodological Issues.  Having collaborated with Robin Hogarth on work in the intersection of economics and psychology, he welcomed the flowering of research in Behavioral Economics.

            If there is a Memorial Service for him, I will forward that information when I know it.

            John Pencavel

 

 

 

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