Lessons from Leading Minds
Chapter 4: Intermediate Macroeconomics
4. Intermediate macroeconomics 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...
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