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Vernon M. Briggs Jr. was born in Washington D.C. and spent his first 22 years living in the Maryland suburbs. He attended the University of Maryland where he majored in economics and was elected president of the student government association during his senior year. Upon graduation in 1959, he undertook graduate studies in labor economics at Michigan State University where he received an M.A. degree in 1960 and a Ph.D. degree in 1965. [+]