The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Gordon, Robert Aaron (1908–1978)

  • B. G. Hickman
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Gordon was born 26 July 1908 in Washington, DC, and died 7 April 1978 in Berkeley, California. He was a policy-oriented economist whose research style was quantitative but not econometric, and whose influence was felt not only through his basic research but also as a dedicated and tireless public servant. After his formative years as graduate student and instructor at Harvard University, 1929–38, he accepted a position at the University of California (Berkeley), where he remained until his retirement from teaching in 1976.


American Economic Association Business cycles Cowles Commission Econometric modeling Gordon, R. A. National Bureau of Economic Research Price theory 

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