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MEDIA CONTACT: Economics department, (585) 275-5252 or Christine Van Dusen, (585) 275-5074
May 2, 1995
Walter Oi Named Fellow of the American Economic Association
Professor Walter Oi, the Elmer B. Milliman Professor of
Economics at the University of Rochester, has been named a fellow
of the American Economic Association for his intellectual
achievements and contributions to the field. Only two economists
are honored each year as fellows.
Oi's research on employment, wages, prices, the economics of
health and safety, and the effects of disabilities have earned
him international recognition and broad scholarly acclaim. Oi
has received numerous honors for his work. In 1993, Oi was
elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He also has served as President of the Western Economics
As an internationally known authority on applied economic
theory and labor markets, Oi helped persuade the Nixon
administration and Congress to end the military draft in the
early 1970s as staff economist for the President's Commission on
an All-Volunteer Armed Force.
His influence on U.S. public policy continued in later years
as he served as vice chair of the President's Committee on
Employment of People with Disabilities. Oi also has consulted
for the Department of Defense and the National Commission on
State and Workmen's Compensation Laws.
Professor Oi joined the University of Rochester in 1967. He
holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of
California at Los Angeles and the University of Chicago. He has
been a senior research economist for the Industrial Relations
Section at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at the
Hoover Institution. He taught at the University of Washington,
Northwestern University, and Iowa State University before coming
to Rochester in 1967. He was chair of the economics department
from 1976 to 1982.
He is the second member of the Department to be selected a
fellow by the American Economic Association; Lionel McKenzie was
selected in 1993.
For more information, please contact the economics
department at (585) 275-5252.
About the University of Rochester
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