College of Liberal Arts

Government and Economics Professor Mel Hinich Dies

Tue, Sep 7, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Mel Hinich, the Mike Hogg Professor of Local Government and professor of economics, died Sept. 7 at the age of 71. He taught at the university for 28 years.

A highly respected teacher and researcher, Hinich made seminal contributions to multiple fields of study including American politics, time series analysis, statistical signal processing and microeconomics. He published numerous articles and books including “The Spatial Theory of Voting,” “Ideology and the Theory of Political Choice,” “Analytical Politics,” and “Consumer Protection Legislation and the U.S. Food Industry.”

Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1939, Hinich earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1959 and 1960. He earned his doctorate in statistics from Stanford University in 1963. Before coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 1982, Hinich held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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