Dick Netzer 1928 - 2008I had the pleasure of talking shop with Dick Netzer when our paths crossed from time to time at conferences of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI), most memorably in Barcelona in 1998. That year Netzer was named a Distinguished Fellow of ACEI, in recognition both of his work in the field of cultural economics and of his contributions to the establishment of ACEI itself.
Netzer, who died on May 7, was a leading light not only in cultural economics (his 1978 book, The Subsidized Muse: Public Support for the Arts in the United States, is widely cited in cultural economics bibliographies), but also in urban public finance and urban economics. His work in public finance was both theoretical and practical. Of particular note on the practical side is his twenty years of service on the board of New York City's Municipal Assistance Corporation.
The New York Times published a brief obituary today, which you can read here.