Schwartz, Anna J. (Anna Jacobson), 1915-2012

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Anna Jacobson was born in New York City on November 11, 1915. She studied at Barnard and Columbia, receiving her master's degree in 1935 and her Ph.D. in 1964. She married Isaac Schwartz in 1936, the year she began work as a research associate at the Social Sciences Research Council at Columbia. In 1941 she became a member of the senior research staff of the National Bureau of Economic Research in New York City, where she spent the balance of her professional career, although in later years she also taught economics at several schools in New York City. She was co-author with Milton Friedman of A MONETARY HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, and with A.G. Gayer and W.W. Rostow of THE GROWTH AND FLUCTUATION OF THE BRITISH ECONOMY, 1790-1850.

From the description of Source and nature of banking statistics: Pennsylvania, 1829-1963; New York State, 1831-1863, n.d. [microform]. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 650279451

Anna Jacobson Schwartz was born in the Bronx in 1915, and attended Barnard College. She initially worked for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Social Science Research Council, but moved to the National Bureau of Economic Research in 1941 and remained there until her death in 2012.

  • 1915 Nov. 10: Born in the Bronx, NY, to Hillel Jacobson and Pauline Shainmark. Her birthday began to be celebrated on Nov. 11 after 1918, when Nov. 11 became a holiday.
  • 1934: B.A., Barnard College, Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1935: M.A., Columbia University
  • 1936: Worked at the Dept. of Agriculture
  • 1936: Married Isaac Schwartz
  • 1936 - 1941 : Worked at Columbia University Social Science Research Council
  • 1941: Joined the National Bureau of Economic Research
  • 1953: Co-wrote Growth and Fluctuations in the British Economy, 1790-1850: An Historical, Statistical, and Theoretical Study of Britain's Economic Development, with A. Gayer and W.W. Rostow
  • 1963: Co-wrote A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960, with Milton Friedman
  • 1964: Ph.D., Columbia University
  • 1967 - 1969 : Adjunct Professor of Economics at City University of New York
  • 1969 - 1970 : Adjunct Professor of Economics at New York University
  • 1970: Co-wrote Monetary Statistics of the United States: Estimates, Sources, Methods, with Milton Friedman
  • 1981 - 1982 : Staff Director of U.S. Gold Commission
  • 1982: Co-wrote Monetary Trends in the United States and the United Kingdom: Their Relation to Income, Prices, and Interest Rates, 1867-1975, with Milton Friedman
  • 1983: Co-wrote The International Transmission of Inflation, with M.R. Darby
  • 1984: Co-wrote A Retrospective on the Classical Gold Standard, 1821-1931, with Michael Bordo
  • 1987: Wrote Money in Historical Perspective
  • 1987: Co-edited The Search for Stable Money: Essays on Monetary Reform, with James A. Dorn
  • 1987 - 1988 : President of the Western Economic Association
  • 1992: Edited Commodity Monies
  • 2012 June 21: Died following a long illness, NY

From the guide to the Anna Schwartz Papers, 1929-2012, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

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Birth 1915-11-11

Death 2012-06-21





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