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Ronald Grieson

Class of 1960

Ronald E. Grieson, PhD Professor Emeritus, University of California
Public Finance/Economics, Taxation, General Equilibrium, Growth, Applied Microeconomics, Public Policy, Cost-Benefit, Anti-Trust and Regulation, Energy, Urban & Real Estate Economics, and International Trade & Finance.
Prior to UCSC, Professor Grieson held professorships at MIT, Columbia, and Princeton Universities. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Economics (1976-1986). He has several books on urban and public economics, and antitrust & regulation, and numerous articles in various areas. He edited Public and Urban Economics: Essays in Honor of William S. Vickrey. He has been invited to lecture extensively at Universities, Research Foundations and meetings {The Econometric Society, etc.} in those areas; and to participate in International Conferences on public and international finance, etc. He has organized conferences on antitrust & regulation and international trade & finance at UCSC; Directed MIT's special Program in Urban and Public Economics (1970-80); directed the ORA in Public and Applied Economics; Chaired the Committee on Rules, Jurisdiction and Elections. Served as an economic consultant to governmental and academic bodies, including: the Center for Urban Policy Analysis, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Central Bank and the University of Uruguay, and the State of Massachusetts, etc. Consulted privately for various corporations and consulting firms (including DRI); and served as an expert witness and consultant for various law firms, corporations and government agencies. He has had the privilege of being the colleague of/ working with Nobel Laureates (by prize date): Paul Samuelson, Franco Modigliani, Robert Solow, William Vickrey, Robert Mundell, Joseph Stiglitz, Robert Engle and Edmund Phelps.
Selected Research: His most influential and cited works have been on: optimal regional commodity taxation and the optimal taxation of public goods; the effects and optimal levels of capital taxation on growth and output; the mechanisms and optimality of land, and also, structure allocation and externalities; the effects of property taxes; and the effects of taxation on investment.
Art and Architecture (especially contemporary); Design: Artifacts, etc.: Diplomatic, Political & Military History and Strategy; Law and Justice; Public Policy; Contemporary Civilization; Philosophy, Logic, Kant, Ethical & Cultural Humanism; Metaphysics, Unitarianism & Deism; Urban Planning; Real Estate; Performance Automobiles; Dogs and all Animals.
Born: Bank Street, West Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City. Ancestry: Hans W. Griese, derer von Werpup; Born: Bremen, De. Family Ancestry: Huguenot (French Reform) who departed France for Geneve after the repeal of the Edict of Nantes. The name en France was most probably Gries {pronounced as Gris en francais} and became Griese {pronounced as Griese en fr..} in Geneve or after subsequent migration to the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. My father changed it to Grieson after coming to NYC. His Hanoverian Saxon mother brought the designation derer v. Werpup to the Family.

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