Hansen, Hugh G.

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Hugh Groves Hansen was born on August 25, 1917 in Chico, California. He earned an A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1938, a M.P.A. from University of Michigan in 1946, and a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, in September 1955.

From July 1951 to July 1952, Hansen was employed as an economist in the U.S. Office of Price Stabilization in San Francisco. The OPS was established in 1951 as part of a price control law intended to restrain inflation during the Korean War. While not empowered by law to regulate public utility rates, the OPS could appear as a "friend of the court" -- or in this case, the California Public Utilities Commission -- in the national interest, which the San Francisco office undertook to do in opposing a rate increase requested by Pacific Gas & Electric Company in November 1951. Hansen was intending to present his arguments before the PUC, but was unable to do so when the hearing was established on short notice and he was out of San Francisco on another assignment at the time. Another OPS staff member presented Hansen's findings to the Commission, which acknowledged, but rejected, his arguments in their final decision.

In 1952, Hansen obtained a research fellowship grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation of Los Angeles to undertake a study of Central Valley water development. In the summer of 1953, he joined the staff of the Bureau of Public Administration at the University of California, Riverside, as a Public Administration Analyst. His initial assignment was to conduct a brief study of federal-state relations in the Central Valley. The study lasted over two years and resulted in a detailed report submitted to the California State Assembly Interim Committee on Conservation, Planning, and Public Works. The report, Central Valley Project: Federal or State?, also served as Hansen's dissertation.

After receiving his Ph. D., Hansen served as Professor of Economics at the University of North Dakota and the State University of Iowa.

From February 1958 to October 1959, Hansen worked as Chief of the U.S. Census of Irrigation, a division of the U.S. Census of Agriculture, under Ray Hurley. He was primarily responsible for the direction of reorientation of the 1960 Census and for the working out of new concepts for statistical data gathering and tabulation of irrigation water data. The direction of reorientation was toward an emphasis on quantities of water diverted, used for irrigation, and transferred between drainage basins, and a de-emphasis on the previous practice of measuring characteristics of irrigation organizations. The 1960 Census emphasized "acre feet of water flows" rather than the previous emphasis on "acres irrigated."

Hansen died on June 25, 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming.

From the guide to the Hugh G. Hansen Papers, 1930-1971 (bulk 1946-1959), (Water Resources Collections and Archives)

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creatorOf Hugh G. Hansen Papers, 1930-1971 (bulk 1946-1959) Water Resources Collections and Archives
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associatedWith Adams, L. M. person
associatedWith A. D. Edmonston person
associatedWith Agricultural Institute of Canada corporateBody
associatedWith Agriculture Division, Bureau of the Census corporateBody
associatedWith American Farm Economic Association corporateBody
associatedWith American Society of Civil Engineers Irrigation and Drainage Subdivision at corporateBody
associatedWith B. Abbott Goldberg person
associatedWith Bill Gardner person
associatedWith Bureau of Reclamation corporateBody
associatedWith California Farm Research and Legislative Committee corporateBody
associatedWith California Public Utilities Commission corporateBody
associatedWith Canadian Agricultural Economics Society corporateBody
associatedWith Central Valley Project (Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Colorado River Storage Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government corporateBody
associatedWith Davis, Eugene. person
associatedWith Decker, Kenneth person
associatedWith Duggar, George person
associatedWith Edmonston, A. D. person
associatedWith Edmund G. Brown. person
associatedWith Ellis, Harold H. person
associatedWith Engelbert, Ernest person
associatedWith Henry George person
associatedWith Holsinger, Henry. person
associatedWith Hudson, James person
associatedWith Huffman, Roy E. person
associatedWith Hugh G. Hansen person
associatedWith Hurley, Ray person
associatedWith Hutchins, Wells A. person
associatedWith International League for Land Taxation and Free Trade corporateBody
associatedWith Irrigation Districts Association corporateBody
associatedWith Ivanhoe Irrigation District corporateBody
associatedWith James E. McCaffrey person
associatedWith Jenkins, Warder B. person
associatedWith J. Rupert Mason person
associatedWith Karl W. Shattuck person
associatedWith Kenneth Decker. person
associatedWith Kings River Water Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Leland O. Graham person
associatedWith Lyons, Barrow person
associatedWith Marts, M. E. person
associatedWith McWilliams, Carey. person
associatedWith Midwestern States Flood Control Conference corporateBody
associatedWith Moskovitz, Adolphus person
associatedWith National Council on Agriculture Life and Labor corporateBody
associatedWith Norman Murray person
associatedWith Pacific Gas and Electric corporateBody
associatedWith Pacific Gas and Electric Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Electric Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith PG & E corporateBody
associatedWith Rasmussen, Jewell J. person
associatedWith Sacramento Municipal Utility District corporateBody
associatedWith Seminar on Iowa's Water Resources corporateBody
associatedWith Southern California Planning Congress corporateBody
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associatedWith State Water Resources Board corporateBody
associatedWith United Farm Workers corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of the Census. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California corporateBody
associatedWith University of Texas School of Law corporateBody
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associatedWith U.S. Bureau of the Budget corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Bureau of the Census corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Census of Agriculture corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Census of Irrigation. corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Office of Price Stabilization. corporateBody
associatedWith Veihmeyer, Frank J person
associatedWith Warren, Earl person
associatedWith Water Law Conference on Riparian and Appropriative Rights corporateBody
associatedWith Water Project Authority. corporateBody
associatedWith Water Project Authority of the State of California corporateBody
associatedWith White, Gilbert F. person
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California
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Irrigation water--United States--Statistics
Electric utilities--Costs
Water resources development--Government policy--California
Electric utilities--Rates--California
Electric utilities--California--Costs
Irrigation water--Statistics
Electric utilities--Rates
Water resources development--Government policy
Irrigation Districts
Irrigation districts--California--History
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