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Melvyn A. Fuss fonds
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Melvyn A. Fuss fonds

  • UTA 1303
  • Fonds
  • 1965-2006

Records of Professor Melvyn Fuss, Professor Emeritus of Economics, consisting of correspondence, memoranda, reports, lecture notes, manuscripts and publications documenting his education; his teaching at Harvard University; his administrative duties, teaching and research at the University of Toronto; and his consulting work. Fuss’ research has focused on the specification and estimation of production and cost functions and the measurement and analysis of productivity, and his consulting work has been primarily in the telecommunications and energy sectors.

Fuss, Melvyn A.


This series begins with a single biographical file, followed by correspondence. Much of Professor Fuss’ professional correspondence prior to 1990 has not survived. The paper files in this series are arranged by general correspondence (including by author), followed by references, and then by comments of papers. Much of the post-1990 correspondence is in electronic format, in ‘folders’. These electronic folders are listed at the end.


This series consists of two files relating to Fuss’ doctoral studies at University of California, Berkeley, between 1966 and 1970. They contain a term paper from Economics 241B (1966) and a copy of his doctoral thesis, ‘The time structure analysis of technology: an empirical analysis of the putty-clay hypothesis’ (1970).

Administrative files, University of Toronto

This series begins with a few paper files relating to the activities of the Department of Economics, including Fuss’ employment (1971-1984), recruiting, external reviews, the Department’s economic plan, and two reports of the chair (1993, 1994). Most of the administrative files, though, are in electronic format. as e-mail. They consisting primarily of correspondence, memoranda and reports of an administrative nature after Professor Fuss stepped down as chair of his department in 1990 (he was acting chair in 2000-2001) and continuing through 2006 (compact disc #2). There are also a number of electronic files on student appeals, Fuss’ sabbatical in 1993-1994, and his trip to Israel in 1997 (compact disc #4), and e-mail files (compact disc #5), 2000-2005, grouped in folders and sub-folders under the following categories: ‘Chair memos’ [by the chair of the Department of Economics], and files on ‘Computing’, ‘Economics’ and ‘Recruiting’.

‘Fuss e-mail files’. Folders : ‘Chair memos’, ‘Computing’, ‘Economics’ and ‘Recruiting’, most with sub-folders

The electronic files consist of e-mails exchanged between Professor Fuss and his colleagues and students regarding a wide range of administrative and teaching issues covering the years 2000-2005. Professor Fuss created folders and sub-folders to manage his e-mail; the arrangement has been left as he devised it, with explanatory notes added. Folders that are empty or have nothing of archival value in them are not included.

Folder: ‘Chair memos’. This folder encompasses the following folders and files:
Folder: ‘Arts & Science departments’ 2000-2001
Files: ‘Re: student letters’; ‘Re: the stuff we discussed’; ‘Bissell-Heyd Associates candidates’ visit to Toronto’; ‘Re: memo re undergraduate recruiting’; ‘Room requirements’}policies re; ‘New classrooms'}bookings; ‘Multimedia room’} and use

Folder: ‘Associate chairs’. 30 files relating to issues and problems, including the budget, course enrolment, teaching assistants, graduate student funding, and filling administrative positions. 2000-2001

All records described below are restricted.

Folder: ‘Commerce’. 30 files relating to issues in the Commerce program, including MPE [Master of Financial Economics program] tuition, enhancement of commerce program, convocation, the Commerce Management Committee, and teaching assistant resources. 2000-2001

Folder: ‘Meetings’. Files relating to the RFP meeting and presentations. Jan.Feb.2002

Folder: ‘CRC’ [Canadian Research Chair]. Risk management/ financial markets theme and cluster, CRC health cluster, nominations to the CRC chair.2000-2001

Folder: ‘Dean correspondence’. Internet issues; enrolment bulge funding, mentorship program, retirements and recruiting 2000-2001

Folder: ‘Erindale’. Staffing issues 2000-2001

Folder: ‘Fundraising’. Files include retail proposal, chair in real estate economics, building expansion, renewal letters, users committee, space, and spring reunion. 2000-2001

Folder: ‘Polanyi’. Applications for the John Charles Polanyi Prize in Economics, 2000-2001

Folder: ‘Staff’. Mostly housekeeping letters

Folder: “Third Year Review’ Committee files, 2001

Folder: ‘Computing’.

Sub-folder: ‘TSP’[Time Series Processor, a statistical package used to run econometric regressions during empirically-oriented research]. Re TSP problem, 1999

Folder: ‘Economics’. Memos and letters regarding academic hand-books, mandatory retirement, search for chair of Department, faculty standing committees, buildings, and task force on teaching loads.2004-2005

All records described below are restricted.

Fuss chaired the Department’s Recruiting Committee in the early 1990s.

Folder: ‘Recruiting’. This folder contains general files on the work of the Recruiting Committee. 2001-2005

Sub-folder: ‘2002-2003’. Activities of the Recruiting Committee, 2003-2003

Sub-folder: ‘2003-2004’. Activities of the Recruiting Committee, 2003-2004

Folder: ‘Recruiting’. In 2004-2005, the Department advertised five junior tenure stream positions: Financial Economics, Industrial Organization, Applied Microeconomics, Public and Economic Policy, and Development/Law and Economics/Economic History; also one teaching (non-tenure) stream position for an individual who wished to teach without also pursuing a research-intensive career. The following folders document the hiring processes for those and other positions.

Sub-folder: ‘Applied micro’. Files re Applied Micro-economics position at University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2004-2005

Sub-folder: ‘CEEE meetings’. Files re interviews at Canadian Economics Employment Exchange meetings, Toronto, December 2004, for position of assistant professor, 2004

Sub-folder: ‘Dev_L&E_Hist’. Files re hiring for a ‘Development’ position in the Department of Economics. 2005

Sub-folder: ‘Placement officers’. Correspondence re recruitment of people for positions, 2004

Sub-folder: ‘Political Economy’. Recruiting for a joint position with the Department of Political Science, 2004-2005

Sub-folder: ‘Theory’. Recruiting for Senior Theory position, 2005

Teaching files

This series focuses on Professor Fuss’ teaching career, almost entirely at the University of Toronto, though there are three files on courses he taught at Harvard University between 1969 and 1972. The files contain memoranda and correspondence, notes, course outlines, lecture notes, problem sets, questions for tests and examinations, and some anonymous course evaluations. References to student marks have not been retained. This portion of the series ends with a number of electronic files.

At Harvard Professor Fuss taught principles and the economics of regulation at the undergraduate level and industrial organization, introductory econometrics, advanced econometrics, and microeconomic theory at the graduate level. The surviving files in this series are for the undergraduate course on business organization and public policy and the untitled graduate courses 2210A and 2240A.

The series continues with courses given at the Erindale campus and the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. At the undergraduate level he taught courses in microeconomic theory, industrial organization, econometrics, and economics of regulation. At the graduate level he taught microeconomics theory and econometrics. Included in these are lecture notes given to Professor Fuss by Daniel McFadden at the University of California, Berkeley (where Fuss took his doctorate), and Dale Jorgensen at Harvard University.

Most of the files are in paper format, but there are some electronic files, partly in the form of e-mail. The arrangement is by course number within each institution.

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