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List of notable or famous economists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top economists born in the United States and even some popular economists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American 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 the United States is included when available.

This list has a variety of people in it, from Alan Greenspan to Paul Krugman.

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

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Ben Bernanke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Ben Bernanke age 64 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 ...more

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Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Alan Greenspan age 92 Alan Greenspan is an American economist.

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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Ben Stein age 73 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 ...more

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Timothy Geithner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Timothy Geithner age 56 Timothy Franz Geithner is an American economic policy maker and central banker who served as the 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury, under President Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2013. He ...more

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Thomas L. Friedman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Thomas L. Friedman age 64 Thomas Friedman appeared in The Revenge of the Electric Car documentary film.

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Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Alexander Hamilton Died at 47 (1757-1804) 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 ...more

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Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Paul Krugman age 65 Paul Robin Krugman is an American economist, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Centenary ...more

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Grover Norquist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Grover Norquist age 61 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 ...more

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Benjamin J. Cohen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Benjamin J. Cohen age 80 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 ...more

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Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Joseph Stiglitz age 75 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 ...more

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John Kenneth Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
John Kenneth Galbraith Died at 98 (1908-2006) 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 ...more

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Lou Dobbs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Lou Dobbs age 72 Louis Carl "Lou" Dobbs is an American television personality, author and radio host on the Fox Business Network. He anchored CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight until November 2009 when he ...more

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Paul Volcker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Paul Volcker age 90 Paul Adolph Volcker, Jr. is an American economist. He was Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan from August 1979 to August 1987. He is widely credited ...more

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Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Milton Friedman Died at 94 (1912-2006) Milton Friedman was an American economist, statistician and writer who taught at the University of Chicago for more than three decades. He received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic ...more

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Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Herbert Simon Died at 85 (1916-2001) Herbert Alexander Simon, a Nobel laureate, was an American political scientist, economist, sociologist, psychologist, computer scientist, and Richard King Mellon Professor—most notably at ...more

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Victor Perlo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Victor Perlo Died at 87 (1912-1999) Victor Perlo was a Marxist economist, government functionary, and a longtime member of the governing National Committee of the Communist Party USA.

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Thomas Sowell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Thomas Sowell age 87 Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Sowell was born in North ...more

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Austan Goolsbee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Austan Goolsbee age 48 Austan Dean Goolsbee is an American economist and the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Goolsbee formerly served as the Chairman of ...more

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Dick Armey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Dick Armey age 77 Richard Keith "Dick" Armey is a former U.S. Representative from Texas' 26th congressional district and House Majority Leader. He was one of the engineers of the "Republican ...more

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Daniel Ellsberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Daniel Ellsberg age 87 Daniel Ellsberg is an activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the ...more

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Elizabeth E. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Elizabeth E. Bailey age 80 Elizabeth Ellery Bailey is an American economist. She is John C. Hower Professor of Business and Public Policy, at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has been Director of ...more

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Walter E. Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Walter E. Williams age 81 Walter Edward Williams is an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated ...more

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Michael Spence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Michael Spence age 74 Andrew Michael Spence is an American economist and recipient of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, along with George Akerlof and Joseph E. Stiglitz, for their work on the ...more

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Lawrence Kudlow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Lawrence Kudlow age 70 Lawrence Alan "Larry" Kudlow is an American conservative economist, television personality, and newspaper columnist. He was the host of CNBC's The Kudlow Report. As a syndicated ...more

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Stanley Fischer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Stanley Fischer age 74 Stanley "Stan" Fischer is an economist and the vice chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. Born in Northern Rhodesia, he holds dual citizenship in Israel and the United States. He ...more

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Antony C. Sutton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Antony C. Sutton Died at 77 (1925-2002) Antony Cyril Sutton was a British and American economist, historian, and writer.

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George P. Shultz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
George P. Shultz age 97 George Pratt Shultz is an American economist, statesman, and businessman. He served as the United States Secretary of Labor from 1969 to 1970, as the director of the Office of Management and ...more

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George Hilton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
George Hilton Died at 89 (1925-2014) George Woodman Hilton was a United States historian and economist, who specialized in social history, transportation economics, regulation by commission, the history of economic thought and ...more

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Winona LaDuke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Winona LaDuke age 58 Winona LaDuke is an American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. In 1996 and 2000, ...more

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D. Saari is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
D. Saari age 78 Donald Gene Saari is the Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Economics and director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California Irvine. He ...more

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Robert Reich is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Robert Reich age 71 Robert Bernard Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was ...more

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James Wolfensohn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
James Wolfensohn age 84 James David Wolfensohn, KBE, AO is an Australian-American lawyer, investment banker and economist who served as the ninth president of the World Bank Group.

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Thorstein Veblen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Thorstein Veblen Died at 72 (1857-1929) Thorstein Bunde Veblen was an American economist and sociologist, and leader of the institutional economics movement. Veblen is credited for the main technical principle used by institutional ...more

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Walter Adams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Walter Adams Died at 76 (1922-1998) Walter Adams was an American economist and college professor. He served as the 13th President of Michigan State University and served as an expert witness before 36 congressional committees.

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Elaine Chao is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Elaine Chao age 65 Elaine Lan Chao (born March 26, 1953) is the 18th and current United States Secretary of Transportation. A member of the Republican Party, she was previously a cabinet member in the ...more

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Anthony Downs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Anthony Downs age 87 Anthony Downs is an American economist specializing in public policy and public administration. He has been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., since 1977. Before ...more

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Jagdish Bhagwati is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Jagdish Bhagwati age 83 Jagdish Natwarlal Bhagwati is an India-born, naturalized American economist. He is a professor of economics and law at Columbia University. Bhagwati is notable for his researches in ...more

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Lawrence Summers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Lawrence Summers age 63 Lawrence Henry "Larry" Summers is an American economist who is President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, ...more

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Peter R. Orszag is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Peter R. Orszag age 49 Peter Richard Orszag is an American economist who is a Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking and Chairman of the Financial Strategy and Solutions Group at Citigroup. He is also a ...more

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George Loewenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
George Loewenstein age 62 George Freud Loewenstein is an American educator and economist. He is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology in the Social and Decision Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon ...more

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Vernon L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Vernon L. Smith age 91 Vernon Lomax Smith is professor of economics at Chapman University's Argyros School of Business and Economics and School of Law in Orange, California, a research scholar at George Mason ...more

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Deirdre N. McCloskey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Deirdre N. McCloskey age 75 Deirdre N. McCloskey is an American professor who is a Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also adjunct ...more

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Harry Dexter White is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Harry Dexter White Died at 56 (1892-1948) Harry Dexter White was an American economist, senior U.S. Treasury department official. Working closely with the Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., he helped set American financial ...more

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Howard Rothmann Bowen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Howard Rothmann Bowen Died at 81 (1908-1989) Howard Rothmann Bowen was an American economist and college president, serving as the president of Grinnell College from 1955 to 1964 and as the fourteenth President of the University of Iowa ...more

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William Forsyth Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
William Forsyth Sharpe age 83 William Forsyth Sharpe is an American economist. He is the STANCO 25 Professor of Finance, Emeritus at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and the winner of the 1990 Nobel ...more

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Jeffrey Sachs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Jeffrey Sachs age 63 Jeffrey David Sachs is an American economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. One of the youngest tenured economics professors in the history of Harvard University, ...more

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Jeffrey Garten is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Jeffrey Garten age 71 Jeffrey E. Garten is the Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance and Business at the Yale School of Management and the Chairman of Garten Rothkopf, a global ...more

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Robert C. Merton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Robert C. Merton age 73 Robert Cox Merton is an American economist, Nobel laureate in Economics, and professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, known for his pioneering contributions to continuous-time finance, ...more

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Evsey Domar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Evsey Domar Died at 83 (1914-1997) Evsey David Domar was a Russian American economist, famous as co-author of the Harrod–Domar model.

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Robert Hall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Robert Hall age 74 Robert E Hall is the Robert and Carole McNeil Professor and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.