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University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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Peter Murrell appointed as first Mancur Olson Professor of Economics

May 14, 2013 —

The Mancur Olson Professorship honors Mancur Olson, who came to the University of Maryland in 1967 and served as a Distinguished University Professor until his death in 1998. Mancur is widely regarded as one of the most influential political economists of the late twentieth century. His best known works, The Logic of Collective Action and The Rise and Decline of Nations, have each been translated into 10 languages. On campus, Mancur played an integral role in the creation of the University's IRIS Center. Widely respected in his field, Mancur is also honored by the American Political Science Association, which gives an Olson Award annually for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Political Economy.

This spring, we plan to hold an official celebration on campus to honor both the Dillard and Olson families and the first recipients of these professorships.


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