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ACADEMICS: Richard A. Easterlin

Richard A. Easterlin is Professor of Economics, University of Southern California. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, Fellow of the Econometric Society, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and past president of the Population Association of America, Economic History Association, and Western Economic Association International.

Richardís background started in traditional economics. A chance involvement with prominent demographer and sociologist, the late Dorothy Thomas, opened his eyes to the influence of demography on economic growth. He has since become one of the most enlightened thinkers on rational explanations for economic and demographic history. His focus of study includes the reasons for the limited spread of modern economic growth; the relation of economic growth to happiness, happiness in the transition from socialism to capitalism, the transition from high to low mortality and fertility that has invariably accompanied modernization. He is the author of several books on these topics.

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