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date: 01 October 2020

Seligman, Edwin Robert Andersonlocked

(25 April 1861–18 July 1939)
  • Laurence S. Moss


Seligman, Edwin Robert Anderson (25 April 1861–18 July 1939), economist, educator, and government consultant, was born into a prominent Jewish family in New York City, the son of Babette Steinhardt and Joseph Seligman, a distinguished financier and founder of J & W Seligman & Company. Seligman was educated by a private tutor in preparation for entering Columbia Grammar School and later Columbia College. After his college graduation in 1879, Seligman spent three years in Europe, mostly at the University of Berlin and at the University of Heidelberg, where he was influenced by economist Karl Knies and other members of the German historical school. Seligman there developed a lifelong interest in the fields of public finance and policy analysis and would use this knowledge to support practical social reform in the United States as the historical school had done in Germany....

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