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Name  Hazel Kyrk

Role  Economist
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Died  1957, Dover, Vermont, United States
Books  A theory of consumption

Hazel Kyrk (1886 – 1957) was an American economist.


Early years

Hazel Kyrk was born in 1886 in Ashley, Ohio. She was the only child of Elmer Kryk, a drayman, and Jane Kyrk, a homemaker.

She attended Ohio Wesleyan University from 1904 to 1906. She later received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation was published as A Theory of Consumption in (1923).


Kyrk served as principal economist in the United States Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Home Economics between 1938 and 1941. While there, she helped create the Bureau's Consumer Purchases Study. It established consumer patterns in five different regions, each subdivided into urban, village, and farm divisions. The study determined the base prices for the cost-of-living index.

In 1943 Kyrk was appointed as chair of the Consumer Advisory Committee to the Office of Price Administration. She argued for better standards in consumer goods and urged a slower rate of price decontrol.

Death and legacy

Hazel Kyrk died in 1957 West Dover, Vermont.


  • A Theory of Consumption (1923)
  • The Economic Problems of the Family' (1929)
  • The Consumer and the Marketing System (1934)
  • Family Housing and Facilities (1940)
  • Family Expenditures for Housing and Household Operation (1941)
  • The Family in the American Economy (1953)
  • References

    Hazel Kyrk Wikipedia

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