Camilo Dagum, 1925-2005


            Camilo Dagum, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Economics of the University of Ottawa, passed away on November 5, 2005, at the age of 80. He was Professor at the Department of Economics between 1972 and 1991 and served the University of Ottawa in various functions, including as a member of the Board of Governors. He was Chair of the Department of Economics between 1973 and 1975 and editor of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies from 1988 to 1991.

              Born in Argentina, Camilo Dagum received his doctorate from the National University of Cordoba in 1959. Before joining the University of Ottawa in 1972, he was a member of the Faculty or a Visiting Professor in many universities around the world: University of Rome, National University of Cordoba, London School of Economics, Princeton University, Université de Paris, National University of Mexico and University of Iowa. After his retirement from the University of Ottawa in 1991, he remained very active in research and spent a great deal of his time in Italy, especially at the Universities of Milan and Bologna. During his long and outstanding career, he has been the collaborator and friend of very famous economists, such as Corrado Gini, Oskar Morgenstern, François Perroux, Maurice Allais, and many others.

              Camilo Dagum’s research has been recognized internationally and a book was published in his honour in 1999 under the editorship of Daniel J. Slottje (Advances in Econometrics, Income Distribution and Scientific Methodology: Essays in Honor of Camilo Dagum, Physica-Verlag). He is the author of more than 200 publications that cover a very wide variety of subjects:  econometrics, mathematical economics, game theory, monetary economics, philosophy of science, and especially income and wealth distribution which was his major area of research during the recent decades. One of his most notable contributions was the development of a measure of economic distance between two income distributions in an article published in Econometrica in 1980. He also introduced a new parametric model of income distribution that has been used to estimate income distributions in numerous countries. His researches were published in many journals, including Journal of Econometrics, Économies et Sociétés, Économie Appliquée, Journal of Income Distribution, and Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. Camilo Dagum spoke fluently four languages – Spanish, Italian, French and English – and he published regularly in each of those languages. This is a unique accomplishment that is unlikely to be repeated nowadays.

              As a teacher, Camilo Dagum contributed to the education of many generations of students. His erudition, rigor of analysis and clarity of exposition were highly appreciated by the students. His professionalism, his intellectual achievements, his generosity and his kindness have been an inspiration for many students and colleagues.

              Camilo Dagum is survived by his wife Estela Bee Dagum, his three sons, Alexandro, Leonardo and Paul, and their families. The body will be buried in Argentina. A memorial service will be held later in Ottawa.