Lester G. Telser

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Lester Greenspan Telser (born January 3, 1931 in Chicago) is an American economist and Professor Emeritus in Economics at the University of Chicago.[1]

Education and career[edit]

He is a native of the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago and a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools (Charles Kozminski elementary school and Hyde Park High School (now Hyde Park Academy High School)) and Roosevelt University, where he studied under Abba Lerner. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956. He taught briefly at Iowa State University and was conscripted into the United States Army in which he served from 1956-1958. He has been a member of the University of Chicago faculty since 1958 (now emeritus).[1] He was a visitor at the Cowles Foundation (which had formerly been at the University of Chicago) at Yale University in 1964-1965 and at the Center for Operations Research in Econometrics (CORE) at the Catholic University of Louvain (Université catholique de Louvain) in Louvain (Leuven, Belgium) in 1969-1970.


His works include research on the theory of the core, Federal Reserve policy, and integer programming.[1] Unusually for the Chicago school of economics, he also wrote about game theory as early as 1972.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

He has been a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Statistical Association since 1968.[3][4]


  • Functional Analysis in Mathematical Economics: Optimization Over Infinite Horizons (with Robert L. Graves, 1972).[5]
  • Competition, Collusion, and Game Theory (1972).[6]
  • Economic Theory and the Core (1978).[7]
  • A Theory of Efficient Cooperation and Competition (1987).[8]
  • Theories of Competition (1988).[9]
  • Joint Ventures of Labor and Capital (1997).[10]
  • Classic Futures: Lessons from the Past for the Electronic Age.[11]
  • The Core Theory in Economics: Problems and Solutions (2007).[12]


  1. ^ a b c Faculty listing, University of Chicago Economics Department, retrieved 2010-01-07.
  2. ^ The Chicago School, History of Economic Thought web site, The New School, retrieved 2010-01-07.
  3. ^ Fellows of the Econometric Society as of July 2009, retrieved 2010-01-07.
  4. ^ ASA Fellows, retrieved 2010-01-07.
  5. ^ University of Chicago Press, 1972, ISBN 978-0-226-79190-6.
  6. ^ Macmillan, 1972, ISBN 978-0-333-13644-7; Aldine treatises in modern economics, 1972, ISBN 978-0-202-06043-9; Transaction, 2007, ISBN 978-0-202-30925-5.
  7. ^ University of Chicago Press, 1987, ISBN 978-0-226-79191-3. University of Chicago Press, 1988, ISBN 978-0-226-79193-7.
  8. ^ Cambridge University Press, 1987, ISBN 978-0-521-30619-5. Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN 978-0-521-02220-0.
  9. ^ North-Holland, 1988, ISBN 978-0-444-01248-7.
  10. ^ University of Michigan Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0-472-10866-4.
  11. ^ Risk, 2000, ISBN 978-1-899332-92-2.
  12. ^ Routledge, 2007, ISBN 978-0-415-70144-0; Taylor and Francis, 2009, ISBN 978-0-415-49365-9.