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Gunnar Myrdal Born in Gustafs parish Sweden on December 6 1898 Died in 1987 at age 88 Graduated from the Law School of Stockholm University in 1923 and began practicing law while continuing his studies at the University In 1927 he received his juris doctor degree in economics and was appointed docent in political economy He studied in Germany and Britain from 1925-1929 In 1929 Myrdal took his first trip to the United States and stayed until 1930 as a Rockefeller Fellow While in the United States he published his first books including The Political Element in the Development of Economic Theory He then returned to Europe and served for one year as Associate Professor in the Post Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva Switzerland In 1933 he was appointed to the Lars Hierta Chair of the Political Economy and the Public Finance at the University of Stockholm as successor of Gustav Cassel Myrdal was active in Swedish politics and was elected in 1934 to the Senate as a member of the Social Democratic Party Myrdal was commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 1938 to direct a study of the American Negro Problem In 1944 the material collected in his study of the American Negro Problem was interpreted and published as An American Dilemma The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy Upon returning home to Sweden in 1942 Myrdal was re-elected to the Swedish Senate served as a member of the Bank of Sweden and was Chairman of the Post-War Planning Commission From 1945-1947 Myrdal served as Swedens minister of commerce he left this position though to accept an appointment as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe In 1957 he left this position to direct a study of economic trends and policies in South Asian countries for the Twentieth Century Fund This study later resulted in a world anti-poverty program in outline called Asian Drama An Inquiry
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