Economics and Hillel the Elder

Assaf Razin became a world-renowned economist without losing sight of the centrality, humanity and needs of the individual.

By MAAYAN HOFFMAN
July 26, 2017 14:31
Economics and Hillel the Elder

ASSAF RAZIN. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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In 1924, the late English economist John Maynard Keynes deliberated on what makes a great economist: “The master-economist… must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher – in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words. He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought. He must study the present in the light of the past for the purposes of the future.”

Keynes was eulogizing a colleague economist who died 17 years before Israeli economist Assaf Razin was born in 1941. But if you ask colleagues and students, Keynes’s words could have been describing the ideal this 2017 EMET Prize winner for social sciences aspires to achieve.

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