Peter S. Albin

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Peter S. Albin
Born (1934-12-20)December 20, 1934
New York, New York
Died (2008-02-20)February 20, 2008
New York, New York
Alma mater Yale University (B.A., 1956)
Princeton University (Ph.D., 1964)
Known for Application of complexity and games theory to social sciences
Scientific career
Fields Economics
Institutions Levy Institute of Bard College
John Jay College of the City University of New York
Doctoral advisor William Baumol

Peter Steigman Albin (December 20, 1934 – February 20, 2008) was an American economist who wrote and taught primarily in New York City. Among other contributions, he was known for applying cellular automata in the social sciences.[1]


Peter S. Albin earned his BA, from Yale College in 1956 and Ph.D from Princeton in 1964, both in economics.

He was a professor of Economics at New York University from 1960 to 1974, and Chairman of the Economics Department of John Jay College of the City University of New York from 1974 to 1991. He taught and performed research at the Levy Economics Institute. He was visiting professor at the University of Göttingen in 1979–1980, the University of California, Berkeley in 1972–1973, he taught at the Sorbonne, at Cambridge University (1968–1969), at the Institute of Advanced Studies (Vienna) (1977–1979).

Additionally, he was a partner in the asset management and investment advisory firm, the Unicorn Group, for many years.



  • (with Duncan K. Foley) Barriers and Bounds to Rationality:essays on economic complexity and dynamics in interactive systems" Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0-691-02676-3. Held at 257 WorldCat libraries [2]
  • Progress Without Poverty: Socially Responsible Economic Growth New York: Basic Books, 1978 ISBN 978-0-465-06407-6. Held at 465 World Cat libraries [3]
  • "The Analysis of Complex Socio-Economic Systems" Lexington, Mass. : Lexington Books, [1975]. ISBN 978-0-669-96636-7 Held at 265 WorldCat libraries [4]

Journal articles[edit]

His articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, and many other publications.


  1. ^ Ganguly, Niloy; Sikdar, Biplab K.; Deutsch, Andreas; Canright, Geoffrey; Chaudhuri, P. Pal (December 2003), A survey on cellular automata (PDF), Tech. Report, Centre for High Performance Computing, Dresden University of Technology .
  2. ^ WorldCat
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External links[edit]

  • [1], obituary
  • [2] Peter Albin at the National Library of Australia
  • [3] Unbalanced Growth and Intensification of the Urban Crisis A paper at Sage
  • [4] Individual Strategy and Social Structure: An Evolutionary Theory of Institution