Wassily Leontief

Wassily Leontief (originally Russian ВасилийВасильевичЛеонтьев and/or. Wassili Wassiljewitsch Leontjew; * 23. July 5. August 1906 in pc. Petersburg; † 5. February 1999 in New York) was a Russian-American economist and received the price of the Swedish realm bank for economic science in memories of Alfred Nobel 1973.


Leontief grew in pc. Petersburg up, where its father was a professor for economic science. 1921 it began its study of philosophy and sociology at the University of Leningrad.

Later Leontief studied also economic science and received to 1925 its conclusion. Subsequently, it went to the Humboldt university to Berlin and received it for its thesis economics as cycle .

Like also Abba P. Lerner improved Leontief computations William Launhardts to term OF trade effect.


Leontief developed the input-output analysis, for whose elaboration and application for important economic problems he received 1973 the Nobelpreis. In the context of its input output studies he discovered 1953 that the USA export mainly goods, which are labor intensively manufactured. This contradicted the Heckscher Ohlin theorem, from which it was concluded that the USA export goods with high capital content as principal-rich country. These so-called. Leontief paradox was only dissolved in the sixties.

After Leontief the Leontief Produktionsfunktion is designated.

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