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.
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.