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Harold Demsetz

Harold Demsetz
Born (1930-05-31) May 31, 1930
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality United States
Institution UCLA
University of Chicago
Field Managerial economics
School/tradition New institutional economics
Alma mater Northwestern University
University of Illinois
Influences Frank Knight
Armen Alchian
Ronald Coase
Aaron Director
George Stigler
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Harold Demsetz (born May 31, 1930)[1] is a professor emeritus of economics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).


Demsetz (1988) includes a short intellectual autobiography.

Demsetz grew up on the West Side of Chicago, the grandchild of immigrants from central and eastern Europe. He studied engineering, forestry, and philosophy at four universities before being awarded a B.A. (1953) in economics from the University of Illinois, and an MBA (1954) and a Ph.D. (1959) from Northwestern University. While a graduate student, he published an article each in Econometrica and the Journal of Political Economy.

Demsetz taught at the University of Michigan (1958–60), UCLA, 1960–63, and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, 1963–71. In 1971, he returned permanently to UCLA's Economics Department, which he chaired 1978–80. He held the Arthur Andersen UCLA Alumni Chair in Business Economics, 1986–95. He has been affiliated with the Center for Naval Analyses and the Hoover Institution.

Demsetz is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a director of the Mont Pelerin Society, and a past (1996) president of the Western Economics Association.


Demsetz belongs to the George Stigler.

Demsetz was the first to propose emissions trading as a way of giving polluters an economic incentive to reduce their emissions of pollutants. He coined the term "nirvana fallacy" in 1969.[2][3]

The 1972 Demsetz and [4]

Major publications


  1. ^ Istituto Giovanni Treccani, Rome (1938). "Enciclopedia italiana di scienze, lettere ed arti". 
  2. ^ Demsetz, Harold (1969), "Information and Efficiency: Another Viewpoint", Journal of Law & Economics 12: 1–22,  
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External links

  • Brief biography of Demsetz on the web site of UCLA's Economics Department.
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