Robert Gordon

Robert J. Gordon is Stanley G. Harris Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on inflation, unemployment, and productivity growth. His recent work on the rise and fall of American economic growth, the stalling of European productivity growth, and the widening of the U. S. income distribution, have been widely cited. Gordon is author of The Rise and Fall of American Growth: the US Standard of Living Since the Civil War. He is also author of Macroeconomics, twelfth edition, which has been translated into eight languages, and of The Measurement of Durable Goods PricesThe American Business Cycle, and The Economics of New Goods. His book of collected essays, Productivity Growth, Inflation, and Unemployment, was published by the Cambridge University Press in 2004. Gordon did his undergraduate work at Harvard and then attended Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. He received his Ph.D. in 1967 at M.I.T. and taught at Harvard and the University of Chicago before coming to Northwestern in 1973. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association and a Fellow of both the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and the Observatoire Français des Conjunctures Economiques (OFCE, Paris).  He is an economic adviser to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.