Understanding Robert E. Lucas Jr. His Influence and Influences

27 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2014 Last revised: 21 Mar 2016

Date Written: October 28, 2014


This paper analyzes Robert Lucas’ contribution to economic theory between 1967 (year of his first solo publication) and 1981 (the year before the emergence of Real Business Cycle approach), and it has two parts. In the first one, using citation data from four different sources, we try to answer two questions: (i) what are Lucas’ most influential papers currently? and; (ii) how this influence changed through time? We show, for instance, that according to two of those three sources, Lucas’ most influential paper today is not from his business cycle research agenda, which gave him his Nobel Prize in 1995. Moreover, it is clear the loss of influence of Lucas’ macroeconomic theory since early 1980s. In the second part, by cataloguing all the works that Lucas had used as bibliographical references in his papers, and separate those in two categories (positive and negative), we try two understand who exerted influence on him. We show that the author that Lucas most cited in a positive context were John Muth, Milton Friedman and Edmund Phelps. The authors more often cited in a negative context were John M. Keynes and A. W. Phillips. We discuss the reasons behind this data.

Keywords: Robert Lucas, New Classical Macroeconomics, Citation Analysis, Bibliometrics

JEL Classification: B, B2, B22, B3, B31

Suggested Citation

Andrada, Alexandre, Understanding Robert E. Lucas Jr. His Influence and Influences (October 28, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515932 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2515932

Alexandre Andrada (Contact Author)

Universidade de Brasília (UnB) ( email )

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro
Asa Norte
Brasília, Distrito Federal 70910-900

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