Handbook on the History of Economic Analysis Volume I
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Handbook on the History of Economic Analysis Volume I

Great Economists Since Petty and Boisguilbert

Edited by Gilbert Faccarello and Heinz D. Kurz

Volume I contains original biographical profiles of many of the most important and influential economists from the seventeenth century to the present day. These inform the reader about their lives, works and impact on the further development of the discipline. The emphasis is on their lasting contributions to our understanding of the complex system known as the economy. The entries also shed light on the means and ways in which the functioning of this system can be improved and its dysfunction reduced. Each Handbook can be read individually and acts as a self-contained volume in its own right. It can be purchased separately or as part of a three-volume set.
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Chapter 99: Heinrich von Stackelberg (1905–1946)

Ulrich Schwalbe


Life Heinrich von Stackelberg was born 31 October 1905 in Kudinow near Moscow, into a noble Baltic-German family from Estonia. After the October Revolution the family fled to Germany, first to Ratibor in Silesia and later to Cologne, where they settled down. Heinrich von Stackelberg studied economics and mathematics at the University of Cologne as an undergraduate and graduated in 1927 with a thesis on the quasi-rent in Alfred Marshall’s work (“Die Quasirente bei Alfred Marshall”). He continued his studies as a PhD student in economics under Erwin von Beckerath. Only three years after his diploma he graduated in 1930 with a dissertation on cost theory (“Die Grundlagen einer reinen Kostentheorie”), which was published in 1932 in Vienna and which received international recognition. In 1932 he went on several research trips to Vienna, where he worked together for a couple of months with the founders of the New Vienna School such as Gottfried von Haberler, Friedrich August von Hayek, Fritz Machlup, Oskar Morgenstern, Hans Mayer, and Richard von Strigl. Afterwards he went to Italy where he wrote works on imperfect competition under the influence of Luigi Amoroso (see Konow 1994: 148). In 1934, von Stackelberg completed his habilitation with the title “Marktform und Gleichgewicht” (“Market structure and equilibrium”) published in 1934. After his habilitation he worked as a lecturer at the University of Cologne for one term before he became associate professor at the University of Berlin, where he taught until 1941. He was one of the co-founders of the...

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