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Arthur M. Okun 1928-1980

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Abstract

ARTHUR M. OKUN died unexpectedly from a heart attack on March 23, 1980, in Washington, D.C., at the age of fifty-one. The nation has lost its most inventive and effective policy economist in his prime. His death came just six weeks before the tenth anniversary meeting of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, and just months before the completion of his long-awaited book, Prices and Quantities: A Macroeconomic Analysis.

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