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A. Allan Schmid papers

Identifier: UA-17.335

Scope and Contents

The faculty papers of A. Allan Schmid contain notes, correspondence, and reports regarding the Army Corps of Engineers Planning, Programming, and Budgeting system. Also included are personal correspondence, notes, conference papers, and articles regarding institutional economics. Reviews and commentary on Schmid's 1978 book "Property, Power, and Public Choice," and course materials for Agricultural Economics 800, 810, 811, and 911 are part of the collection. A video tape of the last lecture of Warren Samuels' Economics 819 class is included as are digital lecture slides from AEC 810 and a recorded lecture labeled "Money Lecture 2005".


  • Creation: 1961 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

A. Allan Schmid received his B.S. in 1956 from the University of Nebraska; his M.S. in 1957 from the University of Wisconsin, with his thesis entitled, "The Soil Bank: An Appraisal of the Experience in Rock County, Wisconsin;" and his Ph.D. in 1959 from the University of Wisconsin, with his thesis entitled, "Water Allocation and Development in Wisconsin."

Schmid became an assistant professor at Michigan State University in 1959, achieved a full professorship in 1968, and in 1998 was elevated to the position of University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Department of Resource Development. Schmid retired from MSU in 2006. He passed away in 2017.

Focusing on politics and economics, Schmid's bibliography includes the following books: Conflict and Cooperation: Institutional and Behavioral Economics (2004); The Economy as a Process of Valuation (1997); Beyond Agriculture and Economics (editor, 1997); Benefit-Cost Analysis: A Political Economy Approach (1989); Property, Power, and Public Choice (1987/1978); Law and Economics: An Institutionalist Perspective (1980); Policy Aspects of Land-Use Planning in Ireland (1983); Converting Land from Rural to Urban Uses (1968).


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Custodial History

Transferred by A. Allan Schmid.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

A. Allan Schmid Papers
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A. Conell
September 2013
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