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Harold Myer Levinson
Regent's Proceedings 689

Harold M. Levinson, professor of economics, will retire from active H. M.
Levinson faculty status as of May 31, 1983, after a long and productive
career as teacher and Retirement researcher.

A native of Massachusetts, Professor Levinson pursued his undergraduate
and graduate studies at The University of Michigan, completing degrees of
A.B., M.B.A., and Ph.D. in 1941, 1942, and 1950 respectively. Except for
work with the Office of Price Administration during the Second World War
and for various academic leaves of absence, Professor Levinson has been at
The University of Michigan continuously for nearly a half century.

Professor Levinson's scholarly efforts have been almost entirely devoted to
the impact of unionism on wage trends, income distribution, and other
important indicators of national wellbeing. His publications, ranging from
the early 1950s into the 1980s, reflect his increasing maturity as a scholar, a
variety of methodological approaches, and his wide range of interests within
the general field of labor economics. The broad scope of his research has
been most clearly displayed in his two most important books, Labor
Relations and Productivity in the Building Trade (1956) and Determining
Forces in Collective Wage Bargaining (1966).

Throughout the spectrum of teaching responsibilities, Professor Levinson
has been one of the most respected in the department. His introductory
courses have always been favored by beginning students, and Ph.D. students
have always sought his counsel on thesis.

The Regents now salute this valued teacher and economist for his dedicated
service to The University of Michigan by naming him Professor Emeritus of