Gunnar Myrdal Biography

Economist, Journalist, Sociologist (1898–1987)
Nobel Prize-winning Swedish economist and sociologist Gunner Myrdal is regarded as a major theorist of international relations and developmental economics.


Gunnar Myrdal was born December 6, 1898, in Gustafs, Sweden. Until the early 1930s, he emphasized pure theory, in sharp contrast to his later concern with applied economics and social problems. Myrdal applied this theoretical approach to macroeconomics in 1931, when, as a member of the Stockholm school of economics, he delivered the lectures resulting in Monetary Equilibrium (1939). Myrdal died in Stockholm on May 17, 1987.

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