Born Jan. 20, 1909, in Rostock. German economist (German Democratic Republic). Academician of the German Academy of Sciences in Berlin (1956).
Behrens received his education at the Leipzig University of National Economy and Statistics. He has been professor of political economy and dean of the social and political science faculty at K. Marx University in Leipzig (1947–54), chief of the State Central Statistics Administration (1955–56), and chief of a work group at the Economics Institute of the German Academy of Sciences (since 1957). He has worked on theoretical questions of Marxist political economy and the history of economic thought. He was awarded the National Prize of the German Democratic Republic (1954).
WORKSAlte und neue Probleme der politischen Ökonomie. Berlin, 1948.
Die Arbeitsproduktivität. Leipzig, 1952.
Grundriss einer Geschichte der politischen Ökonomie. Berlin, 1956.
Die politische Ökonomie bis zur bürgerlichen Klassik. Berlin, 1962.
Zur Theorie der Messung des Nutzeffektes der gesellschaftlichen Arbeit. Berlin, 1963.