How It All Began: The First Econometric Society Meeting, Lausanne, September 1931

The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2015, DOI: 10.1080/09672567.2015.1091853

Posted: 22 Jun 2014 Last revised: 31 Jan 2017

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Olav Bjerkholt

University of Oslo - Department of Economics; Frisch Centre

Date Written: June 21, 2014

Abstract

The first meeting of the Econometric Society took place in Lausanne in 1931. Ragnar Frisch played a major role in the meeting of European scholars interested in the econometric program. This documentary account offers details about the participation, presentations, post-meeting events and the publication of papers. The rise of an international econometric movement exerting a marked impact on the development of mathematical economics and econometric methods can be traced to the Lausanne meeting. In 1931 the majority of adherents were European, 15-20 years later the balance had shifted across the Atlantic but still with roots in the early European years.

Keywords: Econometric Society, ESEM history

JEL Classification: B23, B31

Suggested Citation

Bjerkholt, Olav, How It All Began: The First Econometric Society Meeting, Lausanne, September 1931 (June 21, 2014). The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2015, DOI: 10.1080/09672567.2015.1091853. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2457363 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2457363

Olav Bjerkholt (Contact Author)

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Frisch Centre ( email )

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