Title: George Katona Papers Creator: Katona, George, 1901- Dates: 1929-1981 Extent: 2 linear feet Abstract:
Professor of economics and psychology, and research coordinator for the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan. Research reports, addresses and speeches, miscellaneous correspondence, personal material, and photographs.
Call number: 85237 Aa 2 Language: The materials are in English. Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid prepared by: Bentley Historical Library staff
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The collection was the gift of Katona family members (donor no. 6658) and came to the library in 1981-1982.
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George Katona was born in Budapest, Hungary on November 6,1901. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Goettingen, Germany in 1921. For several years, first in Germany, then in the United States, Katona worked alternately as a psychologist, an economist, and as a journalist. After 1938 he began to integrate his diverse professional interests at the New School for Social Research, New York, the University of Chicago, and as an employee of the federal government in Washington. From 1946 until his retirement in 1972, Dr. Katona has been affiliated with the University of Michigan as Professor of Economics, Professor of Psychology, and Research Coordinator for the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research. He founded and for many years directed the Surveys of Consumer Finances, and devised the Index of Consumer Sentiment.
Katona was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Statistical Association and the American Economic Association. He has authored numerous articles and books, several of which have been translated into foreign languages. Katona summarized his theoretical approach and his findings in Psychological Economics (Elsevier, 1972). In 1977 the University of Amsterdam, Holland, awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences. In the same year the American Psychological Association bestowed on him its Distinguished Professional Contribution Award.
Throughout his career, Katona sought to study economic problems in terms of psychology. A pioneer in the field of consumer psychology and economic forecasting. Katona was described by some as the "dean of behavioral economics". He died in 1981 at the age of 79.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The George Katona Collection consists primarily of reports and speeches (in typewritten manuscript form) produced during his association with the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and with the United States Government. Also included are reviews of his published works, and reprints of those articles of his not listed in his bibliography. In addition, there is a small amount of correspondence concerning the relationship between the Institute for Social Research and various departments at the University of Michigan.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.
Social surveys -- Research.
Katona, George, 1901-1981.
University of Michigan -- Faculty.
University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research.
Katona, George, 1901-1981.
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Container / Location
Personal Papers [series]
Biographical and bibliographical materials
University of Michigan Memos 1965-1971
University of Michigan Memos 1972-1980
Institute for Social Research, Press Releases 1963-1981
Reviews of published works
Memorial Service July 1, 1981
Research Reports [series]
Psychological Implications of the Inflation Problem 1942
Report for the Division of Program Surveys, United States Department of Agriculture 1945
Reports for the Survey Research Center, University of Michigan
Four Families Discuss Their Financial Position 1948
Validity of Consumer Expectations 1949
Postwar Income Changes of Identical Consumer Units 1949
Die Erforschung Der Offentlichen Meinung 1950
Reports on Activities in Germany 1950, 1953
Comments on the Reports: "Consumer Survey Statistics" (Smithies Committee) and "Statistics on Saving" (Goldsmith Committee) 1955
Consumer Psychology: The Growth of a Movement 1961
Consumer Behavior in Our Changing Environment 1961
Advertising in a Mass Consumption Society 1964
Adaptive Theory of Consumer Behavior 1967
Consumer Savings: Preference for and Use of Savings Accounts 1968
The Impact of the Tax Surcharge of on Consumer Expenditures 1968
Installment Debt 1970
Aspirations and Economic Trends 1970
Social Statistics on Consumption and the Consumer 1970
Consumer Aspirations Influence the Economy 1970
Proposed Panel Analysis for Spring Publication 1970