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Thomas J. Sargent

AKA Thomas John Sargent

Born: 19-Jul-1943
Birthplace: Pasadena, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Economist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Rational expectations theory

Military service: U.S. Army (systems analyst)

American macroeconomist Thomas J. Sargent won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2011, for a body of work which attempts to analyze and extract meaningful data from historical economic trends. Sometimes described as the father of modern structural macroeconometrics, Sargent helped to develop rational expectations theory, which asserts that some economic outcomes are at least partially determined by people's rational expectations. Another Nobel economics laureate, Robert M. Solow, said of Sargent and co-Nobel recipient Christopher A. Sims, "They are very, very sophisticated designers of ways to get information out of the time series of economic data."

Father: Charles R. Sargent

    High School: Monrovia High School, Pasadena, CA (1961)
    University: BA Economics, University of California at Berkeley (1964)
    University: PhD Economics, Harvard University (1968)
    Teacher: Economics, University of Pennsylvania (19701971)
    Teacher: Economics, University of Minnesota (1971-75)
    Professor: Economics, University of Minnesota (1975-87)
    Professor: David Rockefeller Professor of Economics, University of Chicago (1992-98)
    Professor: Donald Lucas Professor of Economics, Stanford University (1998-2002)
    Professor: W.R. Berkley Professor of Economics, New York University (2002-)

    Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics (1997)
    NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing (2011)
    Nobel Prize for Economics (2011; with Christopher A. Sims)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1983)
    American Economic Association Past President
    Econometric Society Past President
    Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
    National Academy of Sciences (1983)
    Society for Economic Dynamics Past President

Author of books:
Rational Expectations and the Theory of Economic Policy (1975, with Neil Wallace)
Macroeconomic Theory (1979)
Rational Expectations and Econometric Practice (1981, with Robert Lucas)
Energy, Foresight, and Strategy (1985, with S. Rao Aiyagari)
Rational Expectations and Inflation (1986)
Dynamic Macroeconomic Theory (1987)
Bounded Rationality in Macroeconomics (1993)
The Conquest of American Inflation (1999)
Recursive Linear Models of Dynamic Economies (1999)
The Big Problem of Small Change (2002, with Francois Velde)
Recursive Macroeconomic Theory (2004, with Lars Ljungqvist)
Robustness (2008, with Lars Peter Hansen)


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