Economics Chair Changes Hands
Simon S. Kuznets, Baker Professor of Economics, a pioneer of national income and economic growth studies in developing nations, will retire on July 1, 1971. He has been on the Harvard Faculty since 1960.
Kuznets taught economics for 24 years at the University of Pennsylvania and then for six years at the Johns Hopkins University before coming to Harvard. He has been a member of various national and international economics and statistics societies and associations. He is a former president of the American Economics Association and of the American Statistical Association.
Since he came to Harvard, Kuznets has been involved in teaching graduate students and doing research in economics. When asked yesterday what he would be doing in the future, he said, "What I'll be doing is pretty much what I have been doing right along-a lot of research."
Abram Bergson, Taussig Research Professor, will succeed Kuznets as Baker Professor of Economics July 1. He has been a professor at Harvard since 1956.
Bergson is an authority on the economy of the USSR, and taught at Texas and Columbia Universities. He has been a consultant to the RAND Corporation and to several federal agencies and is currently a member of the Social Science Advisory Board of the U. S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. In addition to his research he has taught an upper level course on the economics of Eastern Europe and Socialist countries.