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Axel Leijonhufvud was born in Stockholm, Sweden and obtained his bachelor degree at the University of Lund. After coming to the United States in 1960, he earned an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He came to the University of California at Los Angeles in 1964 and was named Full Professor in 1971.
He served as Chairman of the Economics Department, most recently in 1990-1992. In 1991, he started the Center for Computable Economics at UCLA and remained its Director until 1997.
In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Monetary Theory and Policy at the University of Trento, Italy,serving until 2008.
Since 2000 he has organized annual Ph.D level Summer Schools in Adaptive Economic Dynamics (link)



 Publications Index


Axel Leijonhufvud interviewed by Brian Snowdon



 Positions Index
  • Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, LosAngeles (UCLA),1964, Associate Professor, 1967, Professor of Economics since 1971, Chairman of Department, 1980-83, 1990-92, Director, Center for Computable Economics, 1992-1997

  • Visiting Professor of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics and Commerce. Winter 1969, Sept. 1986, and Aug.-Sept. 1987.

  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria, June 1976, Oct. 1987.

  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, April-September 1978.

  • Visiting Professor, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 1980.

  • Visiting Professor, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, April-May 1982, May-July 1986, April-June 1989.

  • Ständiger Gastprofessor, University of Konstanz, W. Germany, June-July 1982-85. Resigned 1986.

  • Visiting Professor, Handelshochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland, June-July 1983.

  • Visiting Professor, Istituto Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Sept. 1989.

  • Visiting Professor, Universität Hohenheim, July 1990.

  • Professor of Monetary Economics, University of Trento, 1994-2008

  • Invited lectures or seminars at numerous universities and institutes in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America, European countries, Russia, Kazakhstan, Israel, and the Far East.



 Appointments, Honors etc. Index
  • Brookings Fellow, the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC 1963-64.

  • 1974-75 Marshall Lecturer, Cambridge University.

  • Overseas Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, Fall, 1974.

  • Fil. Dr. honoris causa, University of Lund, 1983.

  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1983-84.

  • Distinguished annual guest lecturér, Western Economic Association, 1988.

  • Distinguished annual guest lecturer, Southern Economic Association, 1992.

  • Great Economists Since Keynes: (M. Blaug, ed.), Brighton: Wheatsheaf, 1985.

  • Also in Who's Who in Economics: A Biographical Dictionary 1700-1981; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in Finance and Indust, The International Who's Who, etc.

  • Degree of Doctor honoris causa voted by the Faculty of Université de Nice, March 1995.

  • Inflation, Information and Institutions: Essays in Honor of Axel Leijonhufvud, edited by Daniel Vaz and Kumaraswamy Velupillai, London: Macmillan 1996.

  • Macroeconomics: Past and Future: Conference in Honor of Axel Leijonhufvud, in connection with the award of honorary doctorate, University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, April 26-27, 1996.

  • Annual Invited Lecture, History of Economics Society Meetings, Vancouver, BC, June 28, 1996: "A Tale of Two Traditions"

  • Invited Lecture, European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) Annual Meetings, Marseille, France, February 28, 1997: "Mr Keynes and the Moderns."

  • Article by Michael D. Bordo and Lars Jonung on my work in the Encyclopedia of Keynesian Economics, ed. by Thomas Cate, Geoff Harcourt and David C. Colander, Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 1997.

  • Brian Snowdon, "Outside the mainstream: an interview with Axel Leijonhufvud", Macroeconomic Dynamics, 8, 2004, 117-145

  • Celebration of contributes at 2008 STOREP Conference, June 6th 2008, LUISS, Rome

  • Invited Lecture, ESHIAT Conference, Warsaw, June 19-21 2008



 Other Professional Activities Index
  • Co-Director, Workshops of the Siena International School of Economic Research, Siena, Italy, 1987-91.

  • Member, Economic Expert Committee of the President, Kazakhstan, 1991-92.



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