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In Memory of Michael D. Intriligator, Co-founder and Co-editor of the Handbooks in Economics Series

By: , Posted on: June 27, 2014


On June 23, 2014, Elsevier lost one of its most distinguished editors, Professor Michael D. Intriligator (Mike), who passed away after a three-year battle with melanoma. He was surrounded by his family with the beautiful music that he loved playing softly.

Mike was Professor Emeritus of Economics, Political Science, and Policy Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was also Co-Director of the Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences. He was a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, a Senior Fellow of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America in Boston, a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Science, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He was central to establishing the UCLA School of Public Affairs, the development of the Public Policy curriculum and initial recruitment of the Public Policy faculty.  A tremendous scholar, he taught courses in economic theory, econometrics, mathematical economics, international relations, and health economics, and was the recipient of several distinguished teaching awards.

HIEIn 1980, Mike and colleague Ken Arrow, were sitting in Ken’s backyard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and came up with the idea of doing a book collection of economic surveys modeled after an old publication that they had come across.  Mike and Ken “shopped” their idea around, but were unable to find a publisher that thought the project had merit. They eventually found a home with North Holland, an imprint of Elsevier, who thought that the formula would work, and the Handbooks in Economics series began. The first volume published in 1981, and Mike and Ken were named co-editors of the series and aimed to provide a definitive source, reference, and teaching supplement for the field economics.

Almost 35 years and 110 volumes later the Handbooks in Economics are the most acclaimed series in economics and are more highly cited than any other economics journal. They have an active shelf life and all 110 volumes are significant in today’s environment. Economics have its own Nobel Prize, and many of our editors and contributors are recipients of the prize. All his handbooks are available on the Elsevier Store.

Mike is survived by his wife Devrie and four sons: Kenneth, William, James, and Robert.To celebrate his life, the Intriligator family invites you to a memorial service in his honor:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Service at 11:00 am followed by a reception.

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple

3663 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 388-2401  |

QUESTIONS: Please contact Robert Intriligator –

The family will provide information regarding donations in lieu of flowers at the memorial service. Your presence at the memorial service will be a gift to our family and to Mike.

Sincerely, The Intriligator Family

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