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Friedman, Miltonlocked

(31 July 1912–16 November 2006)
  • Hugh Rockoff


Friedman, Milton (31 July 1912–16 November 2006), statistician, economist, and public intellectual, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest child of Sarah Landau and Jeno S. Friedman, who emigrated to the United States from an eastern part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which became part of the Ukraine. Reared in Rahway, New Jersey, in a lower-middle class Jewish family, his father died during his senior year at Rahway High School. Friedman attended Rutgers College, a private college that would become part of the state university system, on a scholarship awarded by the state of New Jersey to outstanding students with financial needs, where he studied mathematics and economics. Two of his professors at Rutgers would become well-known economists: Homer Jones, later the vice president in charge of research of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and ...

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