Talk:William Vickrey

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died from excitement[edit]

From what my professor, Tyler Cowen tells me, Vickery died of a heart attack because he was so excited to get the prize. Is there any confirmation on this?--Atlastawake 19:03, 12 October 2005 (UTC)

Vickrey seemed quite calm after receiving the prize -- a fact many attributed to his Quaker upbringing. He suffered his fatal heart attack while driving from New York to Boston for a speaking engagement to which he had committed months earlier. The article's statement that he died while stuck in traffic is news to me, though it could well be true given the amount of traffic between the two cities. I do know that he pulled over to the side of the road where he was found slumped over his steering wheel.

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of minor significance ... [to] human welfare[edit]

On the paper that earned him the Nobel Mem Prize: <QUOTE> Columbia economist WilliamVickrey confessed that the paper's practical contribution was next to nil. "At best, it's of minor significance in terms of human welfare," he told The New York Times. </QUOTE> http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1996/12/02/1996_12_02_050_TNY_CARDS_000376847 Mang (talk) 06:50, 20 December 2012 (UTC)