Heckscher, Eli Filip

born Nov. 24, 1879, Stockholm, Swed.
died Nov. 26, 1952, Stockholm

Swedish economist and economic historian.

He taught at the Stockholm School of Economics from 1909 and was a founder and director of the Stockholm Institute for Economic History. He wrote mainly on economic history, producing such works as The Continental System (1922) and Mercantilism (1935). He originated the concept of commodity points, which limit the fluctuation of paper currencies, and argued in favour of free trade, asserting that differing productive factors were responsible for differing commodities trading advantages among nations. This hypothesis, expanded on by his student Bertil Ohlin (1899–1979), is now known as the Heckscher-Ohlin theory.

* * *

▪ Swedish economist
born Nov. 24, 1879, Stockholm
died Nov. 26, 1952, Stockholm

      Swedish economist and economic historian.

      Heckscher graduated from the University of Uppsala in 1904, receiving his Ph.D. in 1907. He became a professor in 1909 at the then recently founded Stockholm School of Economics. In 1929 he was one of the founders and director of the Stockholm Institute for Economic History.

      Although Heckscher is now chiefly remembered as an economic historian, he also made several contributions to economic theory, including the concept of commodity points, which limits the fluctuation of inconvertible paper currencies (Ekonomisk Tidskrift, 1916). In a famous article of 1919 he argued for free trade, putting forward the hypothesis that the comparative trading advantage of different countries is due to differences in productive factors. This idea was expanded upon by his pupil, economist Bertil Ohlin, and is now known as the Heckscher–Ohlin theory.

      Heckscher wrote mostly on economic history. His works in this area include Kontinental systemet (1918; The Continental System, 1922); Merkantilismen (1931; Mercantilism, 1935), considered a classic on mercantilism; and Sveriges ekonomiska historia (1935; An Economic History of Sweden, 1954).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • HECKSCHER, ELI FILIP — (1879–1952), Swedish economic historian. Heckscher was born in Stockholm, where he taught from 1909 to 1944 at the University College of Commerce. His books, which were translated into many languages, were the Kontinentalsystemet (1918; The… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Heckscher, Eli Filip — (24 nov. 1879, Estocolmo, Suecia–26 nov. 1952, Estocolmo). Economista e historiador económico sueco. En 1909 empezó a desempeñarse como profesor de la escuela de economía de Estocolmo y fue fundador y director del Instituto de historia económica… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Eli Filip Heckscher — Eli Heckscher Eli Filip Heckscher (* 24. November 1879 in Stockholm; † 23. Dezember 1952 ebenda) war ein schwedischer Wirtschaftshistoriker sowie politischer Ökonom. Inhaltsverzeichnis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Eli Heckscher — Eli Filip Heckscher (Stockholm November 24, 1879 Stockholm December 23, 1952) was a Swedish political economist and economic historian.Heckscher was born in Stockholm into a prominent Jewish family, son of the Danish born businessman Isidor… …   Wikipedia

  • Eli Heckscher — Eli Filip Heckscher, né à Stockholm le 24 novembre 1879 et mort à Stockholm le 23 décembre 1952, est un économiste suédois. Élève de David Davidson à l Université d Uppsala et plus tard de Gustav Cassel à Stockholm, il abandonne ses mentors pour… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eli F. Heckscher — Dieser Artikel wurde auf der Koordinationsseite des WiwiWiki Projekts gelistet um die Bearbeitung effektiver gestalten zu können. Bitte beteilige dich an der Diskussion. Eli Heckscher Eli Filip Heckscher (* 24. November …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Eli Heckscher — Dieser Artikel wurde auf der Koordinationsseite des WiwiWiki Projekts gelistet um die Bearbeitung effektiver gestalten zu können. Bitte beteilige dich an der Diskussion. Eli Heckscher Eli Filip Heckscher (* 24. November …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Eli — /ee luy/, n. 1. a Hebrew judge and priest. I Sam. 1 4. 2. Also, Elie /el ee/. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning height. * * * (as used in expressions) Heckscher Eli Filip Terry Eli Whitney Eli * * * …   Universalium

  • Eli — (as used in expressions) Heckscher, Eli Filip Terry, Eli Whitney, Eli …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Heckscher — ist der Name von Dieter Thomas Heck (*1937), eigentlich Carl Dieter Heckscher, deutscher Schlagersänger, Moderator, Schauspieler, Showmaster, Produzent und Entertainer Eli Filip Heckscher (1879–1952), schwedischer Wirtschaftshistoriker (Heckscher …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.