Title: Professor Emeritus, Economist
Company: Indiana University
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, United States
George von Furstenberg, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of higher education and economic research.
As a young man, Dr. von Furstenberg immigrated to the United States in 1961. He came to the U.S. alone and dedicated himself to his work. Due to his interest in social issues, social welfare, and economic efficiency, he decided to pursue a career in economics. He began his studies in 1963 at the Columbia University School of General Studies, going on to transfer to Princeton University, where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1965 and a PhD in 1967.
In 1966, he became an assistant professor at Cornell University, where he remained until 1970 when he transitioned to the role of associate professor at Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington). In 1973, in recognition of his expertise in economics, Dr. von Furstenberg was appointed as senior staff economist to the Council of Economic Advisers for the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C. In 1976, he returned to IU Bloomington as a professor of economics, simultaneously serving as project director for the American Council of Life Insurers until 1978.
Dr. von Furstenberg’s work on public policy continued to compliment his work as an educator. After serving for one year as a member of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, in 1978 he was appointed a senior advisor to the Brookings Institution, a position he held until 1986. His other affiliations with the Brookings Institution include his time as a Brookings pre-doctoral fellow from 1965 to 1966 and as a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow from 1967 to 1968. From 1978 to 1983, he also served as division chief for the research department of the International Monetary Fund. In 1983, he once again returned to IU Bloomington, now as a J.H. Rudy professor of economics, where he taught until 2000. Dr. von Furstenberg then worked as a Robert Bendheim professor of economic and financial policy for Fordham University in New York, until 2002, when he returned to his post at IU Bloomington. In 2006, he worked as an economic program director for the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia.
Throughout his career, Dr. von Furstenberg has conducted extensive economic research. His works have been published in several elite economic journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Policy Modeling, The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, and the Journal of Economic Integration, among many others. Among his earlier work, Dr. von Furstenberg is most proud of his work on racial discrimination in housing, when he served on the President’s Committee on Urban Housing. As a testament to his immense expertise and success as an economist and educator, Dr. von Furstenberg has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Finance and Business, and Who’s Who in America.
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