20th century American economist, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in economics

Reference

George Stigler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"George Joseph Stigler (January 17, 1911 - December 1, 1991) was a U.S. economist. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1982."

Born

17 Jan 1911, in Seattle, Washington

Died

1 Dec 1991, in Chicago

Associations

President, 1976-78, Mont Pelerin Society

Articles

Mont Pelerin: 1947-1978, The Road to Libertarianism, by Ralph Raico, Libertarian Review, Dec 1979
Reviews the presentations and discussions at the 1978 meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, with an overview of the Society's history and particularly the 1958 meeting which had similar themes
"George Stigler, in his presidential address, was critical of existing theories explaining the rise of statism. He was especially doubtful about the 'mistaken behavior theory' whereby intellectuals influence the public to accept damaging state interventions. Stigler does not believe that intellectuals are the cause of socialism; he believes they are merely responding to the demand of the public in the same way that the automobile industry responds to demand. He notes that it is not the socially backward or uneducated part of the public which provides the chief support for statism."