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Thomas J. Sargent
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Thomas J. Sargent
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Expertise: Macroeconomics, monetary economics, time series economics

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Nobel Prize (2011)

Thomas J. Sargent is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a leader in the field of macroeconomics. He is the William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Business at New York University and the Donald L. Lucas Professor in Economics, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He received the Nobel Prize in economic sciences in 2011.

A professor of economics at the University of Minnesota from 1975 to 1987, when he joined the Hoover staff, he was also the David Rockefeller Professor at the University of Chicago from 1992 to 1998. Sargent is past president of the Econometric Society, the American Economic Association, and the Society for Economic Dynamics.

Sargent was a university medalist as Most Distinguished Scholar in the Class of 1964 and won the Nemmers Prize in Economics in 1997. Sargent was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, both in 1983.

Among his books are Rational Expectations and Econometric Practice, with Robert E. Lucas Jr., University of Minnesota Press, 1981; The Big Problem of Small Change, with Francois Velde, Princeton University Press, 2002; Recursive Macroeconomic Theory, with Lars Ljungqvist, MIT Press, 2004; and Robustness, with Lars Peter Hansen, Princeton University Press, 2007.

Sargent earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1968 and was a first lieutenant and captain in the US Army.

Last updated on February 2, 2012