List of Famous Economists People

List of Famous Economists

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List of famous economists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top economists in the world? This includes the most prominent economists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable economists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic economists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned economists.

List people include Alan Greenspan, Vladimir Lenin and many additional people as well.

From reputable, prominent, and well known economists to the lesser known economists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the economist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous economists ever?" and "What are the names of famous economists?" then you're in the right place. (1483 items)


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    Ben Shalom Bernanke is an American economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States from 2006 to 2014. During his tenure as chairman, Bernanke oversaw the Federal Reserve's response to the late-2000s financial crisis.more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Professor, Economist, Banker
    • Credits: Frontline: Inside the Meltdown, American Casino
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    Alan Greenspan is an American economist.more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Scientist, Economist, Consultant
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    Ben Stein
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    Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later, he entered the entertainment field and became an actor, comedian, and Emmy ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Profession: Commentator, Financial adviser, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Mask, Ghostbusters II, Married... with Children, Planes, + more
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    John Maynard Keynes
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    John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, CB, FBA, was a British economist whose ideas have fundamentally affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and informed the economic policies of governments. He built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles, and he is ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1883-1946)
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Politician, Investor, Economist
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    Friedrich Engels
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    Friedrich Engels was a German social scientist, author, political theorist, philosopher, and father of Marxist theory, together with Karl Marx. In 1845 he published The Condition of the Working Class in England, based on personal observations and research in Manchester. In 1848 he co-authored The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1820-1895)
    • Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany
    • Profession: Author, Economist, Philosopher
    • Credits: Too Early, Too Late
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    Alexander Hamilton
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    Alexander Hamilton was a founding father of the United States, chief staff aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation's financial system, and the founder of the Federalist Party, the world's first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1757-1804)
    • Birthplace: Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Profession: Politician, Author, Economist, Financier, Lawyer
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    Grover Glenn Norquist is an American political advocate who is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes all tax increases and a co-founder of the Islamic Free Market Institute. A libertarian-leaning Republican, he is the primary promoter of the "Taxpayer Protection ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Strategist, Economist
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    Aung San Suu Kyi
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    Aung San Suu Kyi AC is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% of the seats in Parliament . She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections.more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
    • Profession: Pacifist, Civil rights activist, Politician, Democracy activist, Economist, + more
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    David Hume
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    David Hume was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scepticism. In light of Hume's central role in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in the history of Western philosophy, Bryan Magee judged him as a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1711-1776)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Librarian, Historian, Economist, Philosopher
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    Benjamin Jerry Cohen is the Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1991, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on international political economy. Cohen finished his ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Profession: Economist, Writer
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    Adam Smith
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    Adam Smith was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and key Scottish Enlightenment figure. Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The latter, usually abbreviated as The Wealth ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1723-1790)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Kirkcaldy, Fife, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Professor, Author, Economist, Philosopher
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    Joseph Stiglitz
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    Joseph Eugene Stiglitz, ForMemRS, FBA is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark Medal. He is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a former member and ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: USA, Indiana, Gary
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist, Author, Economist, Writer, + more
    • Credits: The End of Poverty?
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    John Kenneth Galbraith
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    John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith, OC was a Canadian and, later, American economist, public official, and diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism. His books on economic topics were bestsellers from the 1950s through the 2000s, during which time Galbraith fulfilled the role of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 98 (1908-2006)
    • Birthplace: Iona Station, Ontario, Canada
    • Profession: Professor, Novelist, Author, Essayist, Economist, + more
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    John Stuart Mill
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    John Stuart Mill was a British philosopher, political economist and civil servant. He was an influential contributor to social theory, political theory and political economy. He has been called "the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century". Mill's conception of liberty ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1806-1873)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Pentonville, United Kingdom, London, England
    • Profession: Economist, Philosopher, Ethicist
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    Friedrich Hayek
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    Friedrich Hayek CH, born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek and frequently referred to as F. A. Hayek, was an Austrian, later British, economist and philosopher best known for his defence of classical liberalism. Hayek shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1899-1992)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe
    • Profession: Economist, Philosopher
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    Dag Hammarskjöld
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    Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author. The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, he served from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961. At the age of 47 years, 255 days, Hammarskjöld is the youngest to have held the post. He is ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1905-1961)
    • Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
    • Profession: Diplomat, Economist
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    Dilma Rousseff
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    Dilma Vana Rousseff is the 36th and current President of Brazil. She is the first woman to hold the office. She was previously the Chief of Staff of the President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from 2005 to 2010. The daughter of a Bulgarian entrepreneur, Rousseff was raised in an upper middle class household ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    • Profession: Politician, Economist
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    Helmut Schmidt
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    Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt is a German Social Democratic politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Prior to becoming Chancellor, he had served as Minister of Defence. As Minister of Finance, he gained credit for financial policies that consolidated the ...more

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    • Age: age 97
    • Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
    • Profession: Politician, Pianist, Economist
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    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
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    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d'état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She placed a ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Economist
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    Atiur Rahman is a Bangladeshi economist and author, currently serving as the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of the country.more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Jamalpur District, Bangladesh
    • Profession: Professor, Economist
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