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Lösch, August (1906–1945)

  • By: Grant Thrall
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The economist August Lösch was a major contributor to the formation of the body of knowledge combining geography and economics. With the geographer Walter Christaller, he made important contributions to the intellectual thread of location theory extending back to J. H. von Thünen and carrying forward to the formation of the multidisciplinary field of regional science.

Lösch's childhood years were spent in Heidenheim, Württemberg, Germany. He studied economics in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, with Walter Eucken (1891–1950) and later studied economics under the mentorship of Joseph Schumpeter (1883–1950) at Harvard University. Among Schumpeter's students were the economists James Tobin, Robert Heilbroner, Shigeto Tsuru, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Abram Bergson, Paul Samuelson, and Robert Solow; the latter two received the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Schumpeter was important in August Lösch's intellectual ...

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