Robert Solow
#771 Overall Influence

Robert Solow

American economist

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Robert Solow is Emeritus Institute Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Solow earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D from Harvard University. In the middle of his studies, from 1941-1945, Solow served in the U.S. Army, deployed overseas during World War II.

In 1957, Solow published an article, “Technical Change and the Aggregate Production Function”, in which he identified hidden residuals making up roughly half of all economic growth – factors that could not be accounted for. Now known as “Solow residuals”, these residuals are now recognized as technologies and innovations crucial to growth and funded appropriately. He created the Solow Growth Model, which measures market output in consideration of changes to technological progress, savings, and population growth.

He has been awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Perhaps even more impressive is that four of his Ph.D students (William Nordhaus, George Akerlog, Peter Diamond and Joseph Stiglitz) have gone on to become Nobel prize winners as well. A trustee for the Economists for Peace and Security, Solow is also the founder of Le Cournot Centre. He served as a senior economist for President John F. Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1961-1963.

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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#17 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Economics