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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 ( bər-NANG-kee; born December 13, 1953) is an American economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as Chair of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the ...more

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Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Alan Greenspan (; born March 6, 1926) is an American economist who served as Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006. He currently works as a private adviser and ...more

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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He was a speechwriter for U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and ...more

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Timothy Geithner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Timothy Franz Geithner (; born August 18, 1961) is a former American central banker who served as the 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Barack Obama, from 2009 to ...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 Loren Friedman (; born July 20, 1953) is an American political commentator and author. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who is a weekly columnist for The New York Times. He has ...more

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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 (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was an American statesman, politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker and economist. He was one of the Founding ...more

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Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Paul Robin Krugman ( (listen) KRUUG-mən; born February 28, 1953) is an American economist who is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, ...more

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Grover Norquist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Grover Glenn Norquist (born October 19, 1956) is an American political activist and tax reduction advocate who is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes ...more
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Benjamin J. Cohen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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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 ...more

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Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Joseph Eugene Stiglitz (; born February 9, 1943) is an American economist, public policy analyst, and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in ...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 Galbraith (October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006), also known as Ken Galbraith, was a Canadian-born economist, public official, and diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century ...more

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Lou Dobbs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Louis Carl Dobbs (born September 24, 1945) is an American television commentator, author, conspiracy theorist, anti-immigration advocate, radio show host, and the anchor of Lou Dobbs Tonight on ...more
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Paul Volcker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Paul Adolph Volcker Jr. (; born September 5, 1927) is an American economist. He was Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan from August 1979 to August ...more
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Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
Milton Friedman Dec. at 94 (1912-2006)
Milton Friedman (; July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary ...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)
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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 (; born June 30, 1930) is an American economist and social theorist who is currently a 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
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Austan Dean Goolsbee (born August 18, 1969) is an American economist who is currently the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Goolsbee ...more
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Dick Armey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Richard Keith "Dick" Armey (; born July 7, 1940) is an American economist and politician. He was a U.S. Representative from Texas's 26th congressional district (1985–2003) and House ...more
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Daniel Ellsberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931) is an American economist, activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political ...more
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Elizabeth E. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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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
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Walter Edward Williams (born March 31, 1936) is an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well ...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 (born November 7, 1943, Montclair, New Jersey) is a Canadian American economist and recipient of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, along with George ...more

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Lawrence Kudlow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Lawrence Alan Kudlow (born August 20, 1947) is an American financial analyst and former television host serving as Director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump since ...more

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Stanley Fischer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Economists from the United States
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Stanley Fischer (Hebrew: סטנלי פישר‎; born October 15, 1943) is an Israeli American economist and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. Born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), he holds ...more