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Famous Economists from Germany

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List of notable or famous economists from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top economists born in Germany and even some popular economists who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German economists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These economists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known economist from Germany is included when available.

This is a list that includes people like Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

This historic economists from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German economists of note?" and "Who are the most famous economists from Germany?" These prominent economists of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German economists.

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    Adolf Damaschke

    Dec. at 69 (1865-1935)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Adolf Wilhelm Ferdinand Damaschke (born 24 November 1865, Berlin – 30 July 1935, Berlin) was a German politician and economist (Nationalökonom). He founded the German League for Land Reform...  more
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    Adolf Reichwein

    Dec. at 46 (1898-1944)

    BirthplaceBad Ems, Germany

    Adolf Reichwein (3 October 1898 – 20 October 1944) was a German educator, economist, and cultural policymaker for the SPD. He was also a resistance fighter in Nazi Germany....  more
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    Adolf Soetbeer

    Dec. at 77 (1814-1892)

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    Adolf Soetbeer (23 November 1814 – 22 October 1892) was a German economist, born at Hamburg. In 1840 he became librarian and in 1843 Secretary of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, where he laid the...  more
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    Adolph Lowe

    Dec. at 102 (1893-1995)

    BirthplaceStuttgart, Germany

    Adolph Lowe (born Adolf Löwe; 4 March 1893 – 3 June 1995) was a German sociologist and economist. His best known student was Robert Heilbroner. He was born in Stuttgart and died in Wolfenbüttel....  more
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    Adolph Wagner

    Dec. at 82 (1835-1917)

    BirthplaceErlangen, Germany

    Adolph Wagner (25 March 1835 – 8 November 1917) was a German economist and politician, a leading Kathedersozialist (academic socialist) and public finance scholar and advocate of agrarianism....  more
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    Alexander Rüstow

    Dec. at 78 (1885-1963)

    BirthplaceWiesbaden, Germany

    Alexander Rüstow (April 8, 1885 – June 30, 1963) was a German sociologist and economist. In 1938 he originated the term neoliberalism at the Colloque Walter Lippmann. He was one of the fathers of the...  more
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    Alfred Weber

    Dec. at 89 (1868-1958)

    BirthplaceErfurt, Germany

    Alfred Weber (German: [ˈveːbɐ]; 30 July 1868 – 2 May 1958) was a German economist, geographer, sociologist and theoretician of culture whose work was influential in the development of modern economic...  more
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    Armin Falk

    Age: 53
    Armin Falk (born 18 January 1968) is a German economist. He holds a chair at the University of Bonn since 2003....  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceKusel, Germany

    Axel Alfred Weber (born 8 March 1957) is a German economist, professor, and banker. He is currently a board member and chairman of Swiss investment bank and financial services company, UBS Group...  more
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    Axel Dreher

    Age: 49
    Axel Dreher (born September 17, 1972) is a German economist.He earned a master's degree from the University of Mannheim in 1999, and a Ph.D. in 2003. He is among the 500 top economists of the world...  more
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    Axel Ockenfels

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceRheydt, Germany

    Axel Ockenfels (born 9 February 1969) is a German economist. He is professor of economics at the University of Cologne. He also is Director of the Cologne Laboratory of Economic Research, Speaker of...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceFlensburg, Germany

    Bärbel Höhn (born 4 May 1952) is a German politician for Alliance '90/The Greens. She was elected to the Bundestag in the 2005 national elections, after serving as State Minister of Agriculture of...  more
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    Bruno Hildebrand

    Dec. at 65 (1812-1878)

    BirthplaceNaumburg, Germany

    Bruno Hildebrand (6 March 1812 – 29 January 1878) was a German economist representing the "older" historical school of economics. His economic thinking was highly critical of classical economists,...  more
  • 14

    Carl Brinkmann

    Dec. at 69 (1885-1954)
    Carl Brinkmann (19 March 1885 – 20 May 1954) was a German sociologist and economist, focusing on socioeconomics and the history of political economy. Brinkmann was born in Tilsit, East Prussia, now...  more
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    Christoph Müller

    Age: 55
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    Dieter Kempf

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

  • 17

    Eduard Heimann

    Dec. at 77 (1889-1967)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

  • 18

    Emil Lederer

    Dec. at 56 (1882-1939)

    BirthplacePlzeň Region, Europe, Pilsen, Czech Republic, Central Europe

    Emil Lederer (22 July 1882 – 29 May 1939) was a Bohemian-born German economist and sociologist. Purged from his position at Humboldt University of Berlin in 1933 for being Jewish, Lederer fled into...  more
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    Ernst Engel

    Dec. at 75 (1821-1896)

    BirthplaceDresden, Germany

    Ernst Engel (; German: [ˈɛŋəl]; March 26, 1821 – December 8, 1896) was a German statistician and economist, famous for the Engel curve and Engel's law....  more
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    Erwin Huber

    Age: 75

    BirthplaceReisbach, Germany

    Erwin Huber (born 26 July 1946) is a German politician. He was chairman of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria from 2007 to 2008....  more
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    Étienne Laspeyres

    Dec. at 78 (1834-1913)

    BirthplaceHalle, Germany

    Ernst Louis Étienne Laspeyres (German: [laˈspɛːɐ̯]; 28 November 1834 – 4 August 1913) was a German economist. He was Professor ordinarius of economics and statistics or State Sciences and...  more
  • 22

    Eugen Dühring

    Dec. at 88 (1833-1921)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Eugen Karl Dühring (12 January 1833, Berlin – 21 September 1901, Nowawes in modern-day Potsdam-Babelsberg) was a German philosopher, positivist, economist, and socialist who was a strong critic of...  more
  • 23

    Eugen Schmalenbach

    Dec. at 81 (1873-1955)

    BirthplaceHalver, Germany

    Eugen Schmalenbach (20 August 1873 – 20 February 1955) was a German academic and economist. He was born in Halver, and attended the Leipzig College of Commerce starting in 1898. That college later...  more
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    Ferdinand Zimmermann

    Dec. at 68 (1898-1967)

    BirthplaceBad Freienwalde, Germany

    Ferdinand Friedrich Zimmermann (August 14, 1898 – July 11, 1967) was a German author. He used his pseudonym of Ferdinand Fried to publish. Zimmermann was born in Bad Freienwalde, studied economics...  more
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    Francis Lieber

    Dec. at 72 (1800-1872)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Francis Lieber (March 18, 1798 or 1800 – October 2, 1872), known as Franz Lieber in Germany, was a German-American jurist, gymnast and political philosopher. He edited an Encyclopaedia Americana. He...  more