The Heart of Teaching Economics
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The Heart of Teaching Economics

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities.
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Chapter 4: Intermediate Macroeconomics

Robert J. Gordon


Robert J. Gordon Robert J. Gordon was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1940 and graduated with a BA in economics from Harvard University in 1962 before obtaining a BA in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University in 1964 and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967. He was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University between 1967 and 1968 and at the University of Chicago between 1968 and 1973, before joining Northwestern University where he currently serves as the Stanley G. Harris Professor in the Social Sciences. At Northwestern, Professor Gordon teaches undergraduate courses in Introduction to Macroeconomics and (Intermediate) Macroeconomics. Professor Gordon’s research interests are inflation, unemployment and productivity. His articles have been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and Journal of Economic History, among others. His books include, Macroeconomics (Addison-Wesley, ninth edition, 2009), Inflation, Unemployment and Growth (Cambridge University Press, 2004), The Measurement of Durable Goods Prices (University of Chicago Press for National Bureau of Economic Research, 1990), and Challenges to Interdependent Economies: The Industrial West in the Coming Decade (McGraw-Hill, 1979), co-authored with Jacques Pelkmans. 56 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 56 29/9/10 11:36:32 Intermediate macroeconomics – Robert J. Gordon 57 I interviewed Robert Gordon in his office at the Department of Economics at Northwestern University. It was the early afternoon of Monday, June 8, 2009. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Why did you study economics and what was the...

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