Mordechai Kreinin

(1930-2018)

Michigan State University, United States




Mordechai Eliahu “Max” Kreinin was an Israeli-born American economist who was University Distinguished Professor of Economics at Michigan State until 2014. He was born in Rishon LeZion in Israel. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tel Aviv, and earned a doctorate in economics from University of Michigan. He joined the Economics Department at MSU in 1957 after receiving a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan. Professor Kreinin spent his entire 57 year academic career at MSU, retiring in 2015. He remained an active researcher during his retirement and regularly spent time in Marshall-Adams Hall continuing his work on international economics. Over the course of his career, Kreinin helped develop the Finger-Kreinin index to measure the similarity of exports between nations and served as president of the International Trade and Finance Association.