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economist  Gunnar  Myrdal
[1898-1987]

Alva & Gunnar Myrdal in 1970              short profile

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"America is the one rich country with the biggest slums, the least democratic and least developed health system,
and the most [stingy] attitude against its old people."

"America is conservative in fundamental principles . . . but the principles conserved are liberal and some, indeed, are radical."

"The Negro problem, like all other political problems, is fundamentally a moral issue. This is realism, not idealism. Those of my colleagues who believe that
they are particularly 'hard boiled' because they overlook the fact that human beings are struggling for their consciences are simply unrealistic."

— Gunnar Myrdal


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          He shared the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences (otherwise known as the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics) with Friedrich Hayek in 1974 but argued for its abolition because it had been given to such "reactionaries" as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.

Gunnar Myrdal entry at Wikipedia
'Stockholm school of economics' entry at Wikipedia
browse incomplete Gunnar Myrdal Store at Amazon
search books on keywords 'Gunnar Myrdal' {returns 130+ titles} at Amazon


primary  works

"The Political Element In The Development of Economic Theory" [1930]

"Monetary Economics" [1932]

"The Cost of Living In Sweden, 1830–1930" [1933]

"Crisis In The Population Question" [1934] co-written by Alva Myrdal

"Population, A Problem For Democracy" [Harvard University Press, 1940]

"Contact With America" [1941]

An American Dilemma 1944 book by Gunnar Myrdal  "An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy" [1944]
Harper & Row hardcover [6/62] out of print/used
Harper & Row hardcover [6/62] out of print/used
Volume 1: "The Negro In A White Nation"
Routledge/Transaction Publrs 9x6 pb [1/95] for $33.87
Transaction Publrs pb [1/95] out of print/used
Volume 2: "The Negro Social Structure"
Transaction Publrs pb [1/96] out of print/used
Transaction Publrs pb [1/96] out of print/used

"An International Economy, Problems and Prospects" [Harper & Brothers, 1956]

"Rich Lands and Poor" [1957]

"Economic Theory and Underdeveloped Regions" [Gerald Duckworth, 1957]

"Value In Social Theory: A Selection of Essays On Methodology" [Harper, 1958, 1998, 2002]
by Gunnar Myrdal, Edited by Paul Patrick Streeten
http://www.amazon.com/Social-Theory-International-Library-Sociology/dp/0415605105/ pb
http://www.amazon.com/Social-Theory-International-Library-Society/dp/0710033702/ hc

"Beyond The Welfare State" [Yale University Press, 1960]

"Challenge To Affluence" [Random House, 1963]

Asian Drama / Poverty of Nations book by Gunnar Myrdal  "Asian Drama: An Inquiry Into The Poverty of Nations - A Twentieth Century Fund Study" [1968] by Gunnar Myrdal
3-volume Random House 8½x5¾ pb box set [1968] out of print/used
3-volume Pantheon hardcover set [1968] out of print/used
An Approach To The Asian Drama book by Gunnar Myrdal  "An Approach To The Asian Drama: Methodological and Theoretical" [1970]
by Gunnar Myrdal

Vintage Books 8x5 pb [1970] out of print/used
Vintage Books 8x5 pb [1970] out of print/used

"Objectivity In Social Research" [1969]

"The Challenge of World Poverty: A World Anti-Poverty Program In Outline" [1970]

"Against The Stream" []

"Hur Styrs Landet?" [1982]

"The Essential Gunnar Myrdal" [New Press 1/2005] by Gunnar Myrdal and Orjan Appelqvist
http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Gunnar-Myrdal-New-Press/dp/1565846001/
http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Gunnar-Myrdal-New-Press/dp/156584601X/


other  works

Myrdal's doctoral dissertation, published in 1927, in which he examined the role of expectations in price formation.

"The Relation Between Social Theory and Social Policy"
opening address at the Conference of the British Sociological Association in 1953
reprinted in The British Journal of Sociology, Volume 4, Issue 3, September 1953

Gunnar Myrdal lecturing at UCLA 5/4/1966
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti2isviPYMI

Nobel speech 1974

An American Dilemma Revisited book edited by Obie Clayton, Jr.  "An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations In A Changing World" [1996]
Edited by Obie Clayton, Jr.
(director of the Morehouse College Research Institute)
Contributors include Walter R. Allen, Timothy Bledsoe, Sissela Myrdal Bok, John Sibley Butler, editor Clayton, Michael W. Combs, William Darity Jr., Robert A. Dentler, Reynolds Farley, Ronald F. Ferguson, Stephen Graubard, Joseph O. Jewell, Antonio McDaniel, Lee Sigelman, Cassia C. Spohn, Samuel Walker, Wilbur Watson, Susan Welch, and Doris Wilkinson
Russell Sage Foundation 9x6 pb [3/96] for $21.95
Russell Sage Foundation 9¼x6½ hardcover [3/96] for $19.95


works  about  Gunnar  Myrdal

"Gunnar Myrdal and America's Conscience: Social Engineering and Racial Liberalism, 1938-1987" [2/1994] by Walter A. Jackson
http://www.amazon.com/Gunnar-Myrdal-Americas-Conscience-Engineering/dp/0807819115/

Gunnar Myrdal intellectual biography by William J. Barber  "Gunnar Myrdal: An Intellectual Biography (Great Thinkers In Economics)" [2007]
by William J. Barber

Palgrave Macmillan 8½x5½ pb [11/2007] for $125.00 {sic}
Palgrave Macmillan hardcover [11/2007] for $91.82 {sic}

"Alva and Gunnar Myrdal: Social Engineering In The Modern World" [7/2014] by Thomas Etzemüller and Alex Skinner
http://www.amazon.com/Alva-Gunnar-Myrdal-Social-Engineering/dp/0739188747/


movies,  stageplays,  other  media

"Denial: An American Dilemma" [Vital Pictures ]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAUUuJziP_w [2:39]
http://www.americandenial.com/
http://www.vitalpix.com


image  gallery

Gunnar & Alva Myrdal and 3 children boarding a train, circa 1940         


family  &  friends
Karl Gunnar Myrdal was born in Dalarna Province, Sweden in 1898; his most famous books were "An American Dilemma" [1944] and
"Asian Drama" [1968]; he won a shared Nobel Prize for Economics in 1974; he died in a suburb of Stockholm in 1987 at age 88.

wife Alva Reimer Myrdal [1902-86] - married 1924-86
she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982 (shared with Mexican diplomat Alfonso García Robles)
son Jan Myrdal [b. 1927]
daughter Sissela Myrdal Bok [b. 1934]
daughter Asa Kaj Myrdal Fölster [b. 1936]


colleague Bertil Ohlin [1899-1979]
received the Bank of Sweden (Nobel) Prize in 1977


L i n k s
Gunnar Myrdal entry at Wikipedia
'Stockholm school of economics' entry at Wikipedia
browse incomplete Gunnar Myrdal Store at Amazon
search books on keywords 'Gunnar Myrdal' {returns 130+ titles} at Amazon


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