Leonid Hurwicz: Intelligent Designer by Michael Hurwicz

Leonid Hurwicz: Intelligent Designer by Michael Hurwicz

How War and the Great Depression Inspired a Nobel Economist

Jews of Poland

While still in his early 20s, and under Hitler’s shadow, Leonid “Leo” Hurwicz (1917-2008) left his home in Warsaw, Poland, seeking safety and a degree at the London School of Economics. The following years, while challenging and potentially life-threatening, contained the seeds of a lifelong intellectual adventure. Leo’s story is personal (born a refugee, precarious war years for himself and his Polish-Jewish family, a new life in America), global (revolutions, wars, depressions), ideological (socialism, capitalism, economic planning, free markets) and professional (a sixty-year career as a professor of economics leading ultimately to a Nobel Prize). This book tells his story.

Year first published: 2023

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