Gardner Ackley (June 30, 1915 – February 12, 1998) was a professor of economics at the University of Michigan and a Federal government official.


Soon after earning his Ph.D. in 1940, Professor Ackley joined the economics department at the University of Michigan. In 1941 he joined the staff of the Office of Price Administration, beginning an on-again, off-again relationship with official Washington that was to last three decades. His last position was two years as Ambassador to Italy, to which he was appointed in 1968. He had previously spent 1956-57 as a Fulbright scholar in Italy, and 1961-62 there on a Ford Foundation faculty research fellowship.