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Ragnar Frisch
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Frisch in 1944
Born (1895-03-03)3 March 1895
Died 31 January 1973(1973-01-31) (aged 77)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norway
Alma mater University of Oslo
Known for Econometrics
Production theory
Awards Nobel Prize in Economics (1969)
Scientific career
Fields Economics
Institutions University of Oslo
Influenced Trygve Haavelmo
Anton Frisch (1865-1928)
Ragnar Frisch's father, Anton Frisch (1865–1928), goldsmith in Oslo, and a member of the Frisch family of silver miners and goldsmith

Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch (3 March 1895 – 31 January 1973) was an Norwegian economist. He won the first Nobel Prize in Economics with Jan Tinbergen in 1969.

Early life

Frisch was born on 3 March 1895 in Christiania, Norway. He studied at the University of Oslo.

Nobel Prize

He was also the co-winner with Jan Tinbergen of the first Nobel Prize in Economics in 1969 for his works with econometrics.


He is known for having founded the discipline of econometrics, and in 1933 to have created the widely used term pair macroeconomics/microeconomics.

Personal life

Frisch was married to Marie Smedal from 1920 until her death in 1952. Then he was remarried to Astrid Johannessen from 1953 until his death in 1973. Frisch had one daughter with Smedal.


Frisch died on 31 January 1973 in Oslo, Norway from a stroke, aged 77.

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