C. Lowell Harriss, R.I.P.

C. Lowell Harriss, R.I.P.

C. Lowell Harriss was a prominent scholar..., especially when it came to taxation.

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Harriss was a leading figure in the field of public economics. He took special interest in issues of land taxation and local finance, but he wrote widely on a range of issues, inlcuding inflation, government spending, estate and gift taxation, and consumption taxes.

Harriss taught economics at Columbia for 43 years, from 1938 until his retirement in 1981.

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As Columbia University noted in its press release on his death, Harriss was one of the last economists to have lived through the Great Depression as an adult. His passing marks the end of an era, or nearly so.

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