Frank William Taussig

Frank William Taussig

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Frank William Taussig

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Frank William Taussig (December 28, 1859 - November 11, 1940) was a U.S. economist and educator. Taussig is credited with creating the foundations of modern trade theory.


He was born in St. Louis, the son of William and Adele (Wuerpel) Taussig. His parents encouraged his literary and musical interests, and he played the violin at an early age. He was educated in the St. Louis public schools and at Smith Academy in that city. He then went to Washington University there, but after a year transferred to Harvard from where he graduated in 1879. He then traveled in Europe for a year, taking some time to study economics at the University of Berlin. He then did graduate work at Harvard in law and economics, and during this time was secretary to President Charles W. Eliot for some years. He got a law degree in 1886 and was appointed assistant professor at Harvard.

He was editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics from 1889 to 1890 and from 1896 to 1935; president of the American Economic Association in 1904 and 1905; and chairperson of the United States Tariff Commission from 1917 to 1919. In March 1919, he was called to Paris to...
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