Henry Wallich

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Henry Christopher Wallich (June 10, 1914 – September 15, 1988) was a German American economist and central banker. He was a professor of economics at Yale University and a member of the Council of Economic Advisors during the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration. He was an economic columnist for Newsweek magazine, from 1965.[1] For a period he wrote one week in three, with Milton Friedman and Paul Samuelson.[2]

He was appointed by President Nixon as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System, in 1974[3] and served until 1986, resigning from poor health.[4]

Wallich was known for his strong opposition to inflation, once writing, "Like burglary, inflation is an extralegal form of redistribution, Unfortunately, many economists share with politicians the habit of always regarding inflation as the lesser of any alternative evils." [5]

Wallich was born in Berlin on June 10, 1914, to Paul and Hildegard Rehrmann Wallich. His father and paternal grandfather were both bankers. The younger Wallich had a brother, Walter, and a sister, Cristel.


  • The Mainsprings of the German Revival (1955)
  • The Cost of Freedom, Conservatives and Modern Capitalism, The Case For A Free Economy (1960)


  • International Monetary Cooperation: Essays in Honor of Henry C. Wallich (1987)


  1. ^ Economic Principals
  2. ^ Milton Friedman - Autobiography
  3. ^ Succeeding J. Dewey Daane
  4. ^ EconPapers: Henry C. Wallich resigned as a member of the Board of Governors effective December 15, 1986
  5. ^ NY Times: Henry C. Wallich, 74, Dies; Served on Federal Reserve

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