Gottfried HaberlerGottfried von Haberler (July 20, 1900 - May 6, 1995) was an economist. He worked in particular on international trade.
Haberler was born in Austria in 1900, and was educated in the Austrian School of economics. In 1936 he moved to the United States, joining the economics department at Harvard University. There he worked alongside Joseph Schumpeter.
Haberler's two major works were Theory of International Trade (1936) and Prosperity and Depression (1937).
In 1957 GATT commissioned a report on the terms of trade for primary commodities, and Haberler was appointed Chairman. The report found that there was a decline in the terms of trade for primary producers, since 1955 commodity prices were said to have fallen by 5%, whilst industrial prices rose by 6%. Haberler's report seems to prefigure the report written by Raúl Prebisch for UNCTAD in 1964, but when Prebisch's report came out Haberler denounced it. His particular disagreement was with the idea that there was a systematic long-term (secular) decline in the terms of trade.
In 1971, Haberler left Harvard to become a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.