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Jerry Ellig

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I just learned that Jerry Ellig died suddenly last night. This news is awful and terrible at both a personal and professional level.

Jerry was a GMU Econ alum and former Mercatus Center scholar. For the past several years he worked at George Washington University’s Regulatory Studies Center.

Jerry was a uniquely insightful and careful economist, and a helluva nice and funny guy. As my colleague Pete Boettke just observed by e-mail, Jerry seemed like the kind of person who never aged. (Jerry and Pete were in the same grad-student cohort at GMU, one that entered in 1984.)

Regular readers of Cafe Hayek – or of the Wall Street Journal – will recognize Jerry’s name. Recently, he’s written several pieces with Phil Gramm, each busting prevalent and dangerous economic myths. This piece from 15 months ago is especially relevant now [2].

Among the papers that I’m most proud to have my name on is this one that Jerry and I wrote together in 1992 [3].

In this photo taken on GMU’s Fairfax campus in the Spring of 1987 [4], Jerry is the guy in the white shirt standing at the far right in the second row (from the front).

Rest peacefully, my friend. You’ll be intensely missed.