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Simon Litman

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  • Years on Economics Faculty: 1908-1941

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Research Interests

lnternational Trade, Economic Resources, Economic History,Tariffs and Customs, Labor, Socialism


Simon Litman came to the University of Illinois as Associate Professor in 1908, one of seven faculty in the school of commerce. He completed his doctorate at the University of Zurich in 1901. Soon after his arrival at Illinois, he would forge a close alliance with David Kinley, the two sharing a common vision for the developing programs in Commerce and Economics.

In 1919, Simon Litman would attain full professorship, and for 34 years, would be known as a foremost authority in International Trade. A distinguished professor of Economics, he would write a number of books, including the widely used “Essentials of International Trade,” published in 1923.

Like President Kinley, Simon Litman was a strong moralistic participant, carrying forth his conviction that every person and every country has a right to achieve their full potentialities through peaceful international relations and trade. He would finish his autobiography at the age of 90, spelling out the many interesting and historic events his life would span in his homeland of Russia and the United States. A member of numerous campus and professional organizations, he and his wife Ray were instrumental in establishing the first Hillel foundation at the university.

Dr. Litman was born in Odessa, Russia, on Ocotober 31, 1873 and was deceased on May 7?, 1973.


University of Zurich, Switzerland

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