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Comprehensive directory containing biographies of world's most famous economists.

An economist is a person who has studied and is well versed with the policies and practices in the field of economics. Not only are these people well versed with the intricacies of economics but are also the very people who create, propose and even implement certain policies that are designed to better serve they work for. The sectors where they are found generally include the private sector and the public sector or the government sector. While most colleges offer courses in the study of economics, which can take up to 6 years to complete, there have been instances where some of the most notable economists come for backgrounds that may vary from mathematics to sociology and even history. The field of economics even has Nobel Prize associated with it. The list of Nobel laureates in economics include names like Amartya Sen, who got it for his work on welfare economics, Daniel Kahneman, who got the award for his work with the integration of learning’s from phycology into economic science and Elinor Ostrom who was awarded this prestigious honour for her work in the field of economic governance. What follows is a collection of the biographies, including the life story, trivia, interesting facts and timelines, of some such famous economists.
Adam Smith Adam Smith

Adam Smith was a pioneer of political economy and a thinker of modern economics. Due to his extensive work in economics and for being the most ...

Alan Greenspan Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan is an American economist who served as chairman of the Federal Reserve of the U.S from 1987 to 2006. He had a successful ...

Amartya Sen Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is a much-admired, award winning economist, writer and philosopher. A voice of the poor and malnourished, tirelessly engrossed in ...

Benjamin Graham Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham is known to have grown the seeds of investment in America’s Wall Street. Graham was a great economist who introduced the ...

Bertil Ohlin Bertil Gotthard Ohli...

Born on April 23, 1899, Bertil Ohlin was the founder of the modern theory of dynamics of trade. His research on international trade and capital ...

David Kahneman Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist who is noted worldwide for his work in the field of psychology and economics. A Nobel ...

Franco Modigliani Franco Modigliani

Franco Modigliani was an eminent Italian Economist and Nobel Prize Laureate, who, with his great passion for economics, formulated many theories ...

Friedrich August von Hayek Friedrich von Hayek

If there is one twentieth-century economist who can be tagged as the Renaissance man, it has to be Friedrich Hayek, the Austrian born British ...

George Joseph Stigler George Joseph Stigle...

One of the most popular economists the 20th century has seen, George Stigler was bestowed with a rare gift to write as well as the capability to ...

Gerard Debreu Gerard Debreu

Gerard Debreu was an economist born in France who became famous for his path breaking work in general equilibrium theory. A humble man, he was ...

Gunnar Myrdal Gunnar Myrdal

Gunnar Myrdal, considered a leading economist and social scientist of his era, left an impression as a reformer, politician, fighter of ...

Henry George Henry George

Henry George is remembered as an economist who brought significant changes in politics and eco-political theories. George was a great writer who ...

Herbert Alexander Simon Herbert Simon

Herbert Simon is recognized as one of the founding fathers of important scientific domains and the most renowned figure of the twentieth ...

James Tobin James Tobin

Sometimes the true worth of a person can be gauged from the legacy he/she leaves behind. James Tobin is one such man whose lifelong work in ...

Jan Tinbergen Jan Tinbergen

If there ever was an economist who contributed quite significantly to the field of economics, it has to be Jan Tinbergen. Jan Tinbergen was a ...

John Harsanyi John C Harsanyi

John Charles Harsanyi, the conceptualist who proposed the ‘game theory’, was an American economist and recipient of Nobel Memorial Prize. ...

John Kenneth Galbraith John Kenneth Galbrai...

John Kenneth Galbraith was a very famous American economist best remembered for his prophetic commentary on the country’s political follies ...

John Maynard Keynes John Maynard Keynes

Keynesian economics gets its name, theories and principles from the great Economist, John Maynard Keynes who changed the world of economics. ...

John Hicks John R Hicks

Sir John Richard Hicks was a British economist and Nobel Laureate, who had made many important contributions to economic science. He had an ...

Joseph E. Stiglitz Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is known for his critical view of the management of ...

Ludwig von Mises Ludwig von Mises

Ludwig von Mises was a famous Austrian economist and was one of the most notable philosophers of the 20th century. During the course of his long ...

Maurice Felix Charles Allais Maurice Allais

Maurice Felix Charles Allais was a French economist and a proud recipient of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He was conferred this honor for ...

Merton H. Miller Merton H. Miller

Nobel Prize recipient Merton Howard Miller contributed immensely in economic science. In terms of work, his biggest achievement was the ...

Milton Friedman Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman was a well-known American economist and professor of statistics at the University of Chicago. He received the Nobel Memorial ...

Muhammad Yunus Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi economist and banker who established the Grameen bank in his country in 1983. The Grameen bank and Yunus were ...

Paul Anthony Samuelson Paul Samuelson

Paul Anthony Samuelson is recognized as the father of modern economics. He is the first American economist to win a Nobel Prize. Samuelson put ...

Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch Ragnar Frisch

A Nobel Prize winner and a renowned economist, Ragnar Frisch is best celebrated for co-finding econometrics as a new discipline. One who ...

Simon Kuznets Simon Kuznets

Simon Kuznets is known to set a standard that made him stand special among all the other economists of his time because of his meticulous and ...

Simone Weil Simone Weil

A renowned French philosopher, social activist and religious mystic, Simone Weil is recognized for her strong social commitments and extensive ...

Sir Arthur Lewis Sir Arthur Lewis

Sir Arthur Lewis was a Saint Lucian economist who was well known for his contributions in the field of economic development. When blacks were ...

Clive William John Granger Sir Clive William Jo...

A Nobel Prize winner in economic science and a notable personality, Sir Clive Granger will be best remembered as someone who completely ...

Sir Richard Stone Sir Richard Stone

Sir John Richard Nicholas (Dick) Stone was an outstanding figure in postwar British applied econometrics. He was one of the pioneering ...

Thomas Robert Malthus Thomas Robert Malthu...

One of the renowned British clerics and scholars, Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus played an influential role in the field of political economy ...

Trygve Haavelmo Trygve Haavelmo

Trygve Haavelmo was a Norwegian economist and a professor who received the Nobel Prize in 1989 for his contributions in the field of economics. ...

Wassily Leontief Wassily Leontief

Wassily Wassilyovich Leontief was a Russian-American economist renowned for his input–output theory of capital for which he received the Nobel ...

William Vickrey William Vickrey

Renowned post Keynesian economist and Nobel Laureate William Spencer Vickrey has is a name to reckon with in the field of economics. A professor ...