Edward Fulton Denison

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Edward Fulton Denison
Born(1915-12-18)18 December 1915
Died23 October 1992(1992-10-23) (aged 76)
Alma materBrown University
Spouse(s)Elsie Lightbown
Scientific career
InstitutionsGeorge Washington University

Edward Fulton Denison (December 18, 1915, Omaha – October 23, 1992, Washington D.C.) was an American economist.[1][2][3] He was a pioneer in the measurement of the United States gross national product[1] and one of the founders of growth accounting.[3]

Denison earned a bachelor's degree in economics in Oberlin College in 1936, a master's degree in Brown University in 1938, and a doctorate from Brown in 1941.[1] In 1948, he became acting chief of the National Income Division of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce.[3] The next year, Edward also acted as Assistant Director and Chief Economist of the Office of Business Economics.[1][3] In 1956 he left OBE to work for the Committee for Economic Development.[3] From 1963, he served as a senior member of the Brookings Institution on economic research.[1][3]

In 1966 Denison was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[4] He became a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association in 1981.[5]

He married Elsie Lightbown. His daughter, Janet Howell has served in the Virginia Senate since 1992.[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Trends in American economic growth, 1929-1982 (1962), published on The Journal of Business
  • The Residual Factor and Economic Growth (Paris, 1962)
  • The Sources of Economic Growth in the United States & the Alternatives Before us (New York City, 1962), one that describes his theory mostly
  • Why growth rates differ; postwar experience in nine western countries (Washington D. C., 1967)
  • Accounting for United States economic growth, 1929-1969 (Washington D. C., 1974)
  • Accounting for slower economic growth : the United States in the 1970s (Washington D. C., 1979)


  1. ^ a b c d e Lambert, Bruce (October 24, 1992), "E. F. Denison, Economist, 76; Devised G.N.P.", New York Times.
  2. ^ "Brookings Institution Economist Edward F. Denison Dies at 77", Washington Post, October 24, 1992, archived from the original on November 5, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Kendrick, John W. (1993), "In Memoriam: Edward F. Denison, 1915–1992" (PDF), Review of Income and Wealth, 39 (1): 117–119, doi:10.1111/j.1475-4991.1993.tb00442.x.
  4. ^ View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-08-20.
  5. ^ Distinguished fellows, American Economic Association, retrieved 2010-12-30.
  6. ^ Lambert, Bruce (October 24, 1992). "E. F. Denison, Economist, 76; Devised G.N.P." New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-05.