Veblen, Thorstein, 1857-1929

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Birth 1857-07-30
Death 1929-09-03
English, Norwegian

Biographical notes:

Thorstein Veblen was born in 1857 in Cato, Wisconsin. He received an A.B. from Carleton College (1880), and a Ph.D. from Yale University (1884). Veblen was a fellow at Cornell University (1891-1892), and at the University of Chicago (1892-1893).

Veblen remained at the University of Chicago as a reader in political economy (1893-1894). He became associate professor at the University (1894-1896), instructor (1896-1900), and assistant professor (1900-1906). From 1906 to 1909, Veblen was associate professor of economics at Stanford University. Upon leaving Stanford, he worked as a lecturer in economics at the University of Missouri (1911-1918). He co-founded the New School for Social Research in 1919, lecturing there until 1926. Veblen also served as the managing editor for the Journal of Political Economy from 1896 to 1905.

Veblen published many books, of which the best known is The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study in the Evolution of Institutions (1899). The book did not become highly regarded among academics until after Veblen's death. Some of Veblen's other published works include: The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts (1914), Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution (1915), and An Inquiry Into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of Its Perpetuation (1917). Several collections of Veblen's work were published posthumously, including: Essays in Our Changing Order (1934), and What Veblen Taught: Selected Writings of Thorstein Veblen (1936). Veblen is also the subject of many books.

Thorstein Veblen died in 1929.

From the guide to the Veblen, Thorstein. Papers, 1895-1930, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)


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