MIT’s Openness to Jewish Economists
Center for the History of Political Economy CHOPE Working Paper No. 2013-05
16 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 26, 2013
MIT emerged from “nowhere” in the 1930s to its place as one of the three or four most important sites for economic research by the mid-1950s. A conference held at Duke University in April 2013 examined how this occurred. In this paper the author argues that the immediate postwar period saw a collapse – in some places slower, in some places faster – of the barriers to the hiring of Jewish faculty in American colleges and universities. And more than any other elite private or public university, particularly Ivy League universities, MIT welcomed Jewish economists.
Keywords: MIT, Jewish faculty, anti-Semitism, Samuelson
JEL Classification: A14, B00, B20
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