Robert Aaron Gordon

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(1908-07-26)July 26, 1908
DiedApril 7, 1978(1978-04-07) (aged 69)
Nationality American
SpouseMargaret Gordon
Institution University of California, Berkeley
Field Macroeconomics
School or
Alma mater Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University

Robert Aaron Gordon (born Aaron Goldstein; [1] July 26, 1908 – April 7, 1978) was an American economist. He was a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley from 1938 to 1976. In 1975, he served as president of the American Economic Association. [2]

He was married to economist Margaret Gordon (1910–94). [3] [4] Both of their sons, Robert J. Gordon and David M. Gordon, became notable economists as well. [5]

In 1959, with funding from the Ford Foundation, Gordon and James Edwin Howell published Higher Education for Business, later known as the Gordon-Howell report. It is considered a key event in the history of business management and its development as a profession. The report gave detailed recommendations for treating management as a science and improving the academic quality of business schools. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] The next thirty years are sometimes referred to as a “Golden Age” in which quantitative social science research became an established part of business schools. [11] [6]

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