The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Muth, John F. (1930–2005)

  • F. Robert Jacobs
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John F. Muth, Professor of Operations Management, is known for his seminal work in rational expectations, aggregate planning and production scheduling. He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Tech and spent most of his academic career at Indiana University. A colleague for over 20 years, in this article we give insight into his eclectic interests and intellectual motivation.


Aggregate planning Artificial intelligence Innovation cycles Linear decision rule Muth, J. F Rational expectations 

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  1. Sent, E.-M. 2002. How (not) to influence people: The contrary tale of John F. Muth. History of Political Economy 34: 291–319.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • F. Robert Jacobs
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