Monday, July 31, 2017 – 5:30pm
Robert Gordon, a distinguished professor of economics and social science at Northwestern University and author of The Rise and Fall of American Growth: the U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War, addresses “Growth and the Economy: Where Is It Headed?”
Robert J. Gordon is one of the world’s leading experts on inflation, unemployment, and long-term economic growth. He is the Stanley G. Harris Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Northwestern University and his recent work on the rise and fall of American economic growth and the widening of the U.S. income distribution have been widely cited. In 2016, he was named as one of Bloomberg’s top 50 most influential people in the world. Gordon is author of The Rise and Fall of American Growth: the US Standard of Living Since the Civil War, which was published last year. In 2013 he delivered a TED Talk called “The Death of Innovation, the End of Growth,” which has received more than a million view. He is also author of Macroeconomics, twelfth edition, and of The Measurement of Durable Goods Prices, The American Business Cycle, and The Economics of New Goods. His book of collected essays is Productivity Growth, Inflation, and Unemployment. 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. Gordon 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 an economic adviser to the Bureau of Economic Analysis and to the economic forecasting firm MacroAdvisers and a member of the policy advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.