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Edgar O. Edwards

Edgar EdwardsEdgar O. Edwards was born in Foxborough, Massachusetts in 1919 and earned an associate of arts degree from Green Mountain College in 1939. Following service in the Pacific with the U. S. Army during World War II, he earned a bachelor's degree from Washington and Jefferson College and masters and doctoral degrees in political economy from The Johns Hopkins University. Following nine years on the faculty of Princeton University, he was named Hargrove Professor of Economics at Rice University. In 1969, he was appointed by the Ford Foundation as Economic Advisor to its Asia and Pacific Program. He returned to Rice University in 1974 to join the Jones School of Administration where he remained until his retirement in 1983. In recent years, he has played important advisory roles for the governments of Kenya, Botswana, and Lebanon and continues to consult with countries on economic development and policy matters. He is author or co-author of over a dozen books and monographs and more than 20 articles in scholarly journals bridging economic development, planning, and accounting, including the classic text on business income, The Theory and Measurement of Business Income, published in 1964 with Philip Bell. Professor Edward resides in Poultney, Vermont, with his wife Jean; they have three children, Kathryn, Carolyn, and Douglas.