Dale T. Mortensen

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Dale T. Mortensen
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Born (1939-02-02)February 2, 1939
Enterprise, Oregon
Died January 9, 2014(2014-01-09) (aged 74)
Wilmette, Illinois
Nationality American
Institution Northwestern University
Field Labor economics
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Willamette University
Influenced Christopher A. Pissarides
Awards IZA Prize in Labor Economics (2005)
Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
2010
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Dale Thomas Mortensen (February 2, 1939 – January 9, 2014) was an American economist. He received his B.A. in economics from Willamette University and his PhD in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Born in Enterprise, Oregon,[1] he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He had been on the faculty of Northwestern University since 1965 and a professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management since 1980.[2] He was the Niels Bohr Visiting Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Aarhus University, from 2006 to 2010.[3] He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics jointly with Christopher A. Pissarides from the London School of Economics and Peter A. Diamond from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 "for their analysis of markets with search frictions".[4] In May 2011, Mortensen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, Willamette University.[5] He was married to Beverly Mortensen, also a Northwestern Professor.

Mortensen's research focused on labor economics, macroeconomics and economic theory. He is especially known for his pioneering work on the search and matching theory of frictional unemployment. He extended the insights from this work to study labor turnover and reallocation, research and development, and personal relationships.

Mortensen was a past president of the Society of Economic Dynamics and one of the founding editors of the Review of Economic Dynamics.

Mortensen died of cancer on January 9, 2014 at the age of 74, at his home in Wilmette.[6][7][8][9]

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The Dale T. Mortensen Building[edit]

On February 1, 2011 it was revealed that Dale T. Mortensen had a building named in his honor at Aarhus University. The new Dale T. Mortensen Building has been made the central hub for all international and PhD activities and contains the new PhD House, Dale's Café, the university's International Centre and the new IC Dormitory for international PhD students.[10]

Selected publications[edit]

  • D. Mortensen and E. Nagypál (2007), 'More on unemployment and vacancy fluctuations.' Review of Economic Dynamics 10 (3), pp. 327–47.
  • D. Mortensen (2005), Wage Dispersion: Why Are Similar Workers Paid Differently?, MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-63319-1
  • K. Burdett and D. Mortensen (1998), 'Wage differentials, employer size, and unemployment.' International Economic Review 39, pp. 257–73.
  • D. Mortensen and C. Pissarides (1994), 'Job creation and job destruction in the theory of unemployment.' Review of Economic Studies 61, pp. 397–415.
  • D. Mortensen (1986), 'Job search and labor market analysis.' Ch. 15 of Handbook of Labor Economics, vol. 2, O. Ashenfelter and R. Layard, eds., North-Holland.
  • D. Mortensen (1982), 'Property rights and efficiency of mating, racing, and related games.' American Economic Review 72 (5), pp. 968–79.
  • D. Mortensen (1982), 'The matching process as a non-cooperative/bargaining game.' In The Economics of Information and Uncertainty, J. McCall, ed., NBER, ISBN 0-226-55559-3.
  • D. Mortensen (1972), 'A theory of wage and employment dynamics.' In Microeconomic Foundations of Employment and Inflation Theory, E. Phelps et al., eds., Norton, ISBN 978-0-393-09326-1

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