Thomas Vietorisz

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Thomas Vietorisz
Born (1926-02-04) February 4, 1926 (age 92)
Budapest, Hungary
Nationality American
Education MIT
Occupation Economist

Thomas Vietorisz (born February 4, 1926 in Budapest, Hungary) is an American economist who specialized in urban planning.

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Economist professional in the social science discipline of economics

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Vietorisz completed his undergraduate studies at Budapest, Basel, and Zurich. In 1948, he received a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and in 1956, a doctorate degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). [1]

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From 1963 to 1995, Vietorisz worked in the graduate faculty of The New School for Social Research in New York city. He held the position of department chair in 1977; senior lecturer from 1990 to 1994 and Professor Emeritus from 1995. Since 1996, he has been an adjunct Professor at Columbia University. Vietorisz also worked as an adjunct professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York from 1970 to 1973 and from 1977 onwards. [1]

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Vietorisz worked in the field of applied and theoretical economics. An early example of his theoretical contribution is his method to quantize for priority ordering of projects in planning. [2] Another example is his theory of "Decentralization in NonConvex System" that was highlighted in Econometrica. [3] The aim was to represent a two-level planning and decision making system within the traditional Edgeworth box diagram, but extended for non-convex analysis.

Applied economics is the application of economic theory and econometrics in specific settings. As one of the two sets of fields of economics, it is typically characterized by the application of the core, i.e. economic theory and econometrics, to address practical issues in a range of fields including demographic economics, labour economics, business economics, industrial organization, agricultural economics, development economics, education economics, engineering economics, health economics, monetary economics, public economics, and economic history. The process often involves a reduction in the level of abstraction of this core theory. There are a variety of approaches including not only empirical estimation using econometrics, input-output analysis or simulations but also case studies, historical analogy and so-called common sense or the "vernacular". This range of approaches is indicative of what Roger Backhouse and Jeff Biddle argue is the ambiguous nature of the concept of applied economics. It is a concept with multiple meanings. Among broad methodological distinctions, one source places it in neither positive nor normative economics but the art of economics, glossed as "what most economists do".

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An example of a practical suggestion Vietorisz makes is discussed in his challenge of the substitution-based theory for setting the US minimum wage which came under discussion in the forum of the journal Challenge. [4] In that forum, McCulloch raised the question as to where the other factors of production will come from to support an increase in the minimum wage. Vietorisz proposed that there were historic precedents to show that government-assisted loans were a possible source, and that in the case of the agricultural sector, there was no shortage of land since some was being taken out of cultivation through subsidy programs. [4] In short, McCulloch argued from the neoclassical perspective; Vietorisz, from the Dual Labor Market and Moral perspectives. The two different paradigms to view the issue of minimum wage are still being reconciled in the literature.

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  1. 1 2 "bio-vita_fall01".
  2. Vietorisz T. "Association Quantized Preferences and Planning by Priorities." in The American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association) May 1970 60:2 p. 65 - 69.
  3. "Decentralization in Non-Convex Systems" in Econometrica 1966 34:5S p. 123 - 125.
  4. 1 2 Vietorisz T. and McCulloch J. H. "The $3.50 Minimum Wage: "Let Them Earn Cake!"" in “Challenge” 1973, July and August 6:3 p. 69 - 70.