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Robert E. Hall
Born (1943-08-13) August 13, 1943 (age 80)
SpouseSusan E. Woodward
Academic career
InstitutionStanford University
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
Robert Solow
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Robert Ernest "Bob" Hall (born August 13, 1943) is an American economist who serves as a professor of economics at Stanford University, and as the Robert and Carole McNeil Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.[1] He is generally considered a macroeconomist, but he describes himself as an applied economist.[2]

Hall received a BA in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writing a thesis titled Essays on the Theory of Wealth[3] under the supervision of Robert Solow.[4]

Hall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, and a member of the NBER.[5] He has been the chairman of the Business Cycle Dating Committee, the body responsible for setting the start and end dates of U.S. economic recessions, since 1978.[6][7] Hall served as President of the American Economic Association in 2010,[8] and is a long-time member of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity.[9]


Hall has a broad range of interests, including technology, competition, employment, and policy.


  1. ^ "CV.pdf" (PDF). Dropbox. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  2. ^ Webpage Robert Hall at Stanford.
  3. ^ Essays on the Theory of Wealth
  4. ^ "The productive career of Robert Solow". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2023-11-05.
  5. ^ "CV.pdf" (PDF). Dropbox. Retrieved 2023-11-05.
  6. ^ Business Cycle Dating Committee Members
  7. ^ The NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee
  8. ^ American Economic Association: Past Presidents
  9. ^ Brookings Papers on Economic Activity
  10. ^ Robert E. Hall (1978), 'Stochastic implications of the life cycle-permanent income hypothesis'. Journal of Political Economy 86 (6), pp. 971-87.
  11. ^ Angus Deaton (1992), Understanding Consumption. Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-828824-7.
  12. ^ Marjorie A. Flavin (1981), 'The adjustment of consumption to changing expectations about future income'. Journal of Political Economy 89 (5), pp. 974-1009.
  13. ^ Angus Deaton (1991), 'Saving and liquidity constraints'. Econometrica 59 (5), pp. 1221-48.
  14. ^ Hall, Robert, 1981. “The Reagan Economic Plan – Discussion,” Supplement to San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank’s Economic Review, May, pp. 5-15.
Academic offices Preceded byAngus Deaton President of the American Economic Association 2010– 2011 Succeeded byOrley Ashenfelter