Greaves, Bettina Herbert Bien 1917-

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GREAVES, Bettina Herbert Bien 1917-

PERSONAL: Maiden name is pronounced "Bee-enn," surname is pronounced like "graves"; born July 21, 1917, in Washington, DC; daughter of Van Tuyl Hart (an architect) and Bertha Viola (Conn) Bien; married Percy L. Greaves, Jr. (an economist and historian), June 26, 1971 (deceased). Education: Wheaton College (Norton, MA), B.A., 1938; attended New York University, 1951-52; Columbia University, M.L.S., 1967. Politics: Independent. Religion: Protestant. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, swimming, photography, history.

ADDRESSES: Home—19 Pine Ln., Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533. Offıce—Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., 30 South Broadway, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533.

CAREER: Worked in secretarial positions, 1938-42; Board of Economic Warfare, Foreign Economic Administration (U.S. government wartime agency), overseas worker, 1943-45; Foundation for Freedom, Washington, DC, editorial assistant, 1946-47; held secretarial and editorial positions, 1947-50; Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., Irvington-on-Hudson, NY, member of senior staff, 1951-92, resident scholar, 1993—. New York Institute of Credit, professor of economics, 1986—.

AWARDS, HONORS: Dr. Soc. Sci., Universidad Francisco Marroquin; Senior Mises Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute.


Free Market Economics: A Syllabus, Foundation for Economic Education (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY), 1975.

(Compiler) Free Market Economics: A Basic Reader, Foundation for Economic Education (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY), 1975.

(Translator) Ludwig von Mises, On the Manipulation of Money and Credit, Free Market Books (Dobbs Ferry, NY), 1978.

(Editor) Ludwig von Mises, Economic Freedom and Interventionism, Foundation for Economic Education (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY), 1990.

(Compiler with Robert W. McGee) Mises: An Annotated Bibliography, Foundation for Economic Education (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY), 1993, revised edition, 1997.

(Editor) Austrian Economics: An Anthology, Foundation for Economic Education (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY), 1996.

(Editor) Ludwig von Mises, Interventionism: An Economic Analysis, Foundation for Economic Education (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY), 1998.

(Editor) Henry Hazlitt, Rules for Living: The Ethics of Social Cooperation, Foundation for Economic Education (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY), 1999.

Contributor to periodicals, including Freeman.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Completing The Seeds and Fruits of Infamy, a work begun by the author's late husband, Percy L. Greaves, Jr.

SIDELIGHTS: Bettina Herbert Bien Greaves once told CA: "There have been three major influences on my thinking and writing. The first is the Foundation for Economic Education, with its frank and open endorsement of the free market, limited government, and private property philosophy. The second is my husband Percy L. Greaves, Jr., who introduced me to the foundation; to his serious interest in Pearl Harbor, its background, the investigations and coverup; and to the contributions of the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. Finally, there is Mises, whose seminar my husband and I attended for seventeen or eighteen years. I am hoping, before too long, to publish the lecture notes I took as a seminar participant. Mises was the 'dean' and leading spokesman for decades of the Austrian school of economics. His major contributions were to the monetary theory of the trade cycle and to the conviction that socialism would and must fail."



American Reference Books Annual, 1994, review of Mises: An Annotated Bibliography, p. 67.

Austrian Economics Newsletter, winter, 1998, "Mises's Bibliographer: An Interview with Bettina Bien Greaves."*