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About the Author

Louis Phlips was born in 1933 in Brussels. He received a doctorate in economics at the Universite Catholique de Louvain and a doctorate in law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. After teaching for four years at Fribourg University (Switzerland), he returned to his alma mater from 1966 until 1989. He then joined the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) until 1997, when he retired from Academia.

During his 23 years at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louis was first director of the Economic Analysis Unit (ANEC) and then a member of CORE (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics). Before Switzerland, he visited Nuffield College to work with P.S.W. Andrews on industrial pricing. Between Switzerland and Louvain, he visited the University of Chicago (Fall and Winter 1965) and Harvard University (Spring and Summer 1966) to work with Henk Houthakker on his econometric utility tree. He wanted to find out which empirical commodity groupings correspond to the theoretical concept (if any) of an ‘ industry’.