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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
age 65
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
age 93
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
age 74
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
age 57
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
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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
Dec. 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
age 66
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
age 62
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
age 81
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
age 76
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
Dec. 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
age 73
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
age 91
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
age 88
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
age 49
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
age 78
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
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
age 81
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
age 82
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
age 75
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
age 71
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
age 75
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