Melvin Reder
1919 - 2016
Melvin Warren Reder


Melvin W. Reder, a labor economist, passed peacefully on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at the age of 97. He was the Isidore and Gladys J. Brown Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He authored numerous papers including several influential books including Studies in the Theory of Welfare Economics and Labor in a Growing Economy and more recently Economics: The Culture of a Controversial Science.

Reder received his A.B. degree from UC Berkeley in 1939. He received graduate training at the University of Chicago before moving to Columbia where he obtained his PhD in 1946. His career included teaching at Carnegie University of Technology (1946-1948), Stanford (1949-1971), the City University of New York (1971-1974) and the University of Chicago (1974-1985). He also taught at Bryn Mawr College, Brooklyn College, University of Pennsylvania, and the London School of Economics. He was a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Mel's wife of 69 years, Edna, died in 2011. He is survived by his son Stephen (Steve) and daughter Lynne and grandsons Andrew Reder and John (Jay) and Abraham (Abe) Anderson. Charitable contributions may be sent to Rabbis for Human Rights (please put RHR on the memo line of the check) c/o New Israel Fund PO Box 96712 Washington, DC 20090-6712 ( ) or to Pathways Hospice Care at
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21, 2016.
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