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Edward C. Prescott
Neoclassical economics
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Birth December 26, 1940 (1940-12-26) (age 69)
Glens Falls, New York, USA
Institution Arizona State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
University of Minnesota
University of Pennsylvania
Alma mater Swarthmore College
Case Western Reserve University
Carnegie Mellon University
Influences Michael C. Lovell, John Muth
Influenced Costas Azariadis
Edward Green
Gary Hansen
Finn Kydland
Rajnish Mehra
José Víctor Ríos Rull
V. V. Chari
Contributions Quantitative general equilibrium business cycle theory
Time consistency in economic policy
Awards Nobel Prize in Economics (2004)
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Edward Christian Prescott (born December 26, 1940) is an American economist. He received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2004, sharing the award with Finn E. Kydland, "for their contributions to dynamic macroeconomics: the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles". This research was primarily conducted while both Kydland and Prescott were affiliated with the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now Tepper School of Business) at Carnegie Mellon University.




Early life

Prescott was born in Glens Falls, New York, to Mathilde Helwig Prescott and William Clyde Prescott. In 1962, he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Swarthmore College, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He then received a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1963 and a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in 1967.

Academic career

From 1966 to 1971, Prescott taught at the University of Pennsylvania. He then returned to Carnegie Mellon until 1980, when he moved to the University of Minnesota, where he taught until 2003. In 1978, he was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, where he was named a Ford Foundation Research Professor. In the following year, he visited Northwestern University and stayed there until 1982.[1][2] Since 2003, he has been teaching at Arizona State University. In 2004, he held the Maxwell and Mary Pellish Chair in Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.[3] In 2006, he held the Shinsei Bank Visiting Professorship at New York University.

Currently working as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and as a professor at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business, he is a major figure in macroeconomics, especially the theories of business cycles and general equilibrium. In his "Rules Rather Than Discretion: The Inconsistency of Optimal Plans," published in 1977 with Finn E. Kydland, he analyzed whether central banks should have strict numerical targets or be allowed to use their discretion in setting monetary policy. He is also well known for his work on the Hodrick-Prescott Filter, used to smooth fluctuations in a time series.

Political activity

Edward Prescott is one of the "100 Economists" (actually 90 in number, although additional economists signed the statement after it was released by the McCain campaign) }}

In January 2009 Prescott, along with more than 250 other economists and professors,[4] signed an open letter to President Barack Obama opposing the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The letter was sponsored by libertarian think tank, the Cato Institute, and was printed in several newspapers including the New York Times and the Arizona Republic.[5]

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