Martin Bronfenbrenner

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Martin Bronfenbrenner (December 2, 1914 in Pittsburgh – June 2, 1997 in Durham, North Carolina) was an internationally renowned economist who published over 250 scholarly papers and five books and served as William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University. His publications cover a host of topics, including aggregate economics, income distribution, international economics, and Japan. His scholarship was recognized on several occasions, including his election as Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Bronfenbrenner received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1934, his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1939, and went on to teach at Roosevelt University, the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1947–1957), Michigan State University (1957–1959), the University of Minnesota (1959–1962) and Carnegie Mellon University (1962–1971), where he also served as department chair. He later taught at Aoyama Gakuin University from 1984–1990 and Duke University from 1971–1984 and from 1991 until his death).


He married Teruko Okuaki Bronfenbrenner and has two children.[1]

Selected publications


  • Academic Encounter (New York: Free Press, 1961)
  • Is the Business Cycle Obsolete? (Editor; New York: Wiley, 1969)
  • Long-Range Projections of the Japanese Economy, 1962-1975 (Santa Barbara: Technical Military Planning Operation, 1958)
  • Income Distribution Theory (Chicago: Aldine, 1971)
  • Tomioka Stories From the Japanese Occupation (Exposition Press, 1976)
  • Macroeconomic Alternatives (AHM Publishing Co., 1979)
  • Microeconomics (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987)
  • Here and There in Economics (Tokyo: Aoyama Gakuin University, 1988)


  • Economics of the Socialist Countries: General Comment, in Berliner, J. S.; Kosta, H.; Hagoki, M. (eds.), Economics of the Socialist Countries (Tokyo: Maruzen, 1989), 193-196
  • International Economics in Embryo, in Feiwel, G. (ed.), Joan Robinson and Modern Economic Theory (New York: New York University Press, 1989), 727-38
  • Economy and Culture: The Case of US-Japan Economic Relations: Commentary, in Hayashi, K. (ed.), The US.- Japanese Economic Relationship: Can It Be Improved? (New York, London: New York University Press,1989), 14-18
  • A Bean-Brick Parable: “Consumer Sovereignty” Yet Again, Eastern Econ. Journ. (July-Sept. 1990), 265-70
  • Economics as Dentistry, So. Econ. Journ. (Jan. 1991), 599-605
  • General Comments on the International Symposium on Making Economies More Efficient and More Equitable, in Mizoguchi, T. (ed.), Making Economies More Efficient and More Equitable: Factors Determining Income Distribution (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), 439-43
  • Wisconsin 1947-1957—Reflections and Confessions: De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bolognam. In Lampman, R. (ed.),Economists at Wisconsin: 1892-1992 (Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1993), 130-38
  • Review of: Nicholas Kaldor and the Real World, Journ. Of Econ. Literature (Dec. 1994), 1864–66
  • Maldistribution and Interdependent Utilities: Editorial, Journ. Of Income Distribution (1994-1995), 155-58
  • Say’s Law Extended: An Expository Approach, in Hoover, K.; Shefferin, S. (eds.), Monetarism and the Methodology of Economics: Essays in Honor of Thomas Mayer (Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1995), 73-85


  • Blaug, Mark (ed.) (1999). Who's Who in Economics (3d edition), Edward Elgar.

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