Johannes de Villiers Graaff

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Johannes de Villiers Graaff
Born (1928-02-19) 19 February 1928 (age 86)
Cape Town
Nationality South African
Institution University of Cambridge
Field Welfare Economics
School/tradition Welfare economics
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge (Pd.D.)
University of Cape Town (B.A.)
Influences Abram Bergson

Johannes de Villiers Graaff (also known as Jan de Van Graaff) is a neoclassical South African welfare economist[1] and former chairman of Nedbank. Graaff is noted for his work on optimal savings rates[2] and contributions to the creation of the social welfare function.[3]

Graaff graduated from the University of Cape Town and then went on to do a PhD in economics at St John's College, Cambridge in 1950.

In 1951 he married Lillian Clare Thomson, daughter of Sir George Paget Thomson, and has six children with her.[4] He is the youngest son of Sir David Graaff, 1st Baronet. His eldest brother is Sir De Villiers Graaff, 2nd Baronet.

Major works[edit]


  1. ^ The Meaning of Social Efficiency by Louis Lefeber; Thomas Vietorisz – Review of Political Economy, 1465–3982, Volume 19, Issue 2, 2007, pp. 139–64
  2. ^ Growth Theory, p. 107
  3. ^ The Paretian System IV – Social Welfare
  4. ^, Quoted from: (S37) Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, p, 1616. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

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