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Memoir

James N. Morgan
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James N. Morgan, Professor of Economics in the College of Literature,
Science and the Arts, and Research Scientist, Survey Research Center,
Institute for Social Research, retired from active faculty status on December
31, 1987.

Professor Morgan received his A.B. degree from Northwestern University
summa cum laude in 1939, and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard
University in 1941 and 1947, respectively. On the basis of outstanding
ability and excellent training, he was appointed to an assistant professorship
at Brown University in 1947, immediately after receiving his doctorate.
Professor Morgan came to The University of Michigan in 1949, as a
postdoctoral fellow in economics. He was appointed assistant program
director at The University of Michigan's Survey Research Center in 1951.
He was promoted to program director in 1956. In 1953, he received a joint
appointment as associate professor of economics, and was promoted to
professor of economics in 1958.

Over a career of almost 40 years at The University of Michigan, Professor
Morgan has produced a total of 30 books, 37 book chapters, and 25 journal
articles. The topics have covered consumer behavior; the distribution of
income and wealth; the dynamics of income change; economic survey
methods; statistical methodology; retirement, philanthropy, and mobility
decisions; housing status; and productive nonmarket activity. In 1975, these
accomplishments led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Morgan is also a Fellow of the American Statistical Association,
the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences. He was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Achievement
Award at The University of Michigan in 1977.

Most economists develop simple theory and do their testing with available
data. Morgan's contributions have guided the profession, gratefully if often
reluctantly, in two directions. First, he has explored and illuminated, rather
than ignored, the complexity of human behavior patterns; his work has
always displayed an awareness of other social sciences and their important
contributions. Second, he has demonstrated repeatedly that the design and
collection of data are an integral part of economic analysis.

The Regents now salute this distinguished economist for his dedicated
service to knowledge, to economics, and to the University by naming James
N. Morgan Research Scientist Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of
Economics.