List of famous American economists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Do you know Adam Smith? The guy who appears on the back of £20 note. That is right! He is the mastermind behind concepts of free trade, market competition and the morality of private enterprise and his famous book of economics titled “Wealth of Nations” is the cornerstone of all modern day economic policies? Such is the clout of an economist over a nation, its people and its financial system. Calvin Coolidge has rightly said, "Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow." Since time immemorial, economists have been providing people with invaluable insights on economic policies, banking, and money at large. They have been the guiding force behind a country’s economic growth and progress. They are the reasons why a layman understands how a foreign and domestic market operates. They help taxpayers make reasoned and rational choices for short-term and long-term financial benefits. Above all, the economists teach us how to manage and use finite resources like time and money. Today we explore the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on some of America’s most renowned economists in the biographies below.
Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman

31 July 1912

16 November 2006

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Leo

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan

06 March 1926

New York City

Pisces

David KahnemanDaniel Kahneman

05 March 1934

Tel Aviv, Israel

Pisces

Richard ThalerRichard Thaler

12 September 1945

East Orange, New Jersey, United States

Virgo

Benjamin GrahamBenjamin Graham

09 May 1894

21 September 1976

London, United Kingdom

Taurus

Michael PorterMichael Porter

23 May 1947

Ann Arbor

Gemini

Henry GeorgeHenry George

02 September 1839

29 October 1897

Philadelphia

Virgo

Paul SamuelsonPaul Samuelson

15 May 1915

13 December 2009

Gary

Taurus

Gary BeckerGary Becker

02 December 1930

03 May 2014

Pottsville, Pennsylvania, United States

Sagittarius

Harry Max MarkowitzHarry Markowitz

24 August 1927

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Virgo

Robert SolowRobert Solow

23 August 1924

Brooklyn, New York

Leo

Kenneth ArrowKenneth Arrow

23 August 1921

New York City, USA

Leo

Simon KuznetsSimon Kuznets

30 April 1901

08 July 1985

Pinsk

Taurus

Robert C. MertonRobert C. Merton

31 July 1944

New York City, New York, USA

Leo

Myron ScholesMyron Scholes

01 July 1941

Timmins, Ontario, Canada

Cancer

Douglass NorthDouglass North

05 November 1920

23 November 2015

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Scorpio

Wassily LeontiefWassily Leontief

05 August 1906

05 February 1999

Munich, Germany

Leo

James TobinJames Tobin

05 March 1918

11 March 2002

Champaign

Pisces

Robert Lucas Jr.Robert Lucas Jr.

15 September 1937

Yakima, Washington, USA

Virgo

Robert FogelRobert Fogel

01 July 1926

11 June 2013

New York City, New York, United States

Cancer

William Forsyth SharpeWilliam F. Sharpe

16 June 1934

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Gemini

Joseph E. StiglitzJoseph E. Stiglitz

09 February 1943

Gary

Aquarius

Theodore William Schultz Theodore Schultz

30 April 1902

26 February 1998

Arlington, South Dakota, United States

Taurus

Emily Greene BalchEmily Greene Balch

08 January 1867

09 January 1961

Boston

Capricorn

William VickreyWilliam Vickrey

21 June 1914

11 October 1996

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Gemini

Daniel Little McFaddenDaniel McFadden

29 July 1937

Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.

Leo

Lawrence R. KleinLawrence Klein

14 September 1920

20 October 2013

Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Virgo

Herbert SimonHerbert Simon

15 June 1916

09 February 2001

Milwaukee

Gemini

George Joseph StiglerGeorge Joseph Stigler

17 January 1911

01 December 1991

Seattle

Capricorn

Merton H. MillerMerton H. Miller

16 May 1923

03 June 2000

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Taurus

Gerard DebreuGerard Debreu

04 July 1921

31 December 2004

Calais

Cancer

John Harsanyi John C Harsanyi

29 May 1920

09 August 2000

Budapest

Gemini

Bernard MadoffBernard Madoff

29 April 1938

New York City

Taurus

Robert McNamaraRobert McNamara

09 June 1916

06 July 2009

San Francisco

Gemini

Janet YellenJanet Yellen

13 August 1946

Brooklyn

Leo

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell

30 June 1930

Gastonia

Cancer

Paul KrugmanPaul Krugman

28 February 1953

Albany

Pisces

Fareed ZakariaFareed Zakaria

20 January 1964

Mumbai

Capricorn

Ben BernankeBen Bernanke

13 December 1953

Augusta, Georgia, United States

Sagittarius

Joseph StiglitzJoseph Stiglitz

09 February 1943

Gary

Aquarius

Frederick Winslow TaylorFrederick Winslow Taylor

20 March 1856

21 March 1915

Germantown

Pisces

Lawrence SummersLawrence Summers

30 November 1954

New Haven

Sagittarius

Scott AdamsScott Adams

08 June 1957

Windham (town), New York

Gemini

Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama

27 October 1952

Chicago

Scorpio

Paul VolckerPaul Volcker

05 September 1927

Cape May

Virgo

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon

15 June 1916

09 February 2001

Milwaukee

Gemini

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot

20 November 1924

14 October 2010

Warsaw

Scorpio

Jeffrey SachsJeffrey Sachs

05 November 1954

Detroit

Scorpio

Thorstein VeblenThorstein Veblen

30 July 1857

03 August 1929

Columbia

Leo

Robert J. ShillerRobert J. Shiller

29 March 1946

Detroit

Aries

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz

22 December 1943

Brooklyn

Sagittarius

George AkerlofGeorge Akerlof

17 June 1940

New Haven

Gemini

Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom

07 August 1933

12 June 2012

Los Angeles

Leo

Eugene FamaEugene Fama

14 February 1939

Boston

Aquarius

Mohamed A. El-ErianMohamed A. El-Erian

19 August 1958

New York City

Leo

James M. BuchananJames M. Buchanan

03 October 1919

09 January 2013

Murfreesboro

Libra

Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein

28 September 1930

New York City

Libra

Hyman MinskyHyman Minsky

23 September 1919

24 October 1996

Chicago

Virgo

Peter R. OrszagPeter R. Orszag

16 December 1968

Boston

Sagittarius

Stanley FischerStanley Fischer

15 October 1943

Mazabuka

Libra

Greg MankiwGreg Mankiw

03 February 1958

Trenton

Aquarius

David D. FriedmanDavid D. Friedman

12 February 1945

New York City

Aquarius

Austan GoolsbeeAustan Goolsbee

18 August 1969

Waco

Leo

Tyler CowenTyler Cowen

21 January 1962

Bergen County

Aquarius

Paul RomerPaul Romer

06 November 1955

Denver

Scorpio

Irving FisherIrving Fisher

27 February 1867

29 April 1947

Saugerties

Pisces

Judith MartinJudith Martin

13 September 1938

Virgo

Angus DeatonAngus Deaton

19 October 1945

Edinburgh

Libra

Jeremy RifkinJeremy Rifkin

26 January 1945

Denver

Aquarius

Harry Dexter WhiteHarry Dexter White

09 October 1892

16 August 1948

Boston

Libra

Edward LuttwakEdward Luttwak

04 November 1942

Arad

Scorpio

Paul Craig RobertsPaul Craig Roberts

03 April 1939

Atlanta

Aries

Bryan CaplanBryan Caplan

08 April 1971

San Fernando Valley

Aries

Walt Whitman RostowWalt Whitman Rostow

07 October 1916

13 February 2003

New York City

Libra

George StiglerGeorge Stigler

17 January 1911

01 December 1991

Seattle

Capricorn

Nouriel RoubiniNouriel Roubini

29 March 1958

Istanbul

Aries

Deirdre McCloskeyDeirdre McCloskey

11 September 1942

Ann Arbor

Virgo

Alvin E. RothAlvin E. Roth

18 December 1951

New York City

Sagittarius

Vernon L. SmithVernon L. Smith

01 January 1927

Wichita

Capricorn

Thomas WoodsThomas Woods

01 August 1972

Melrose

Leo

Warren BennisWarren Bennis

08 March 1925

31 July 2014

New York City

Pisces

Chris ArgyrisChris Argyris

16 July 1923

16 November 2013

Newark

Cancer

Friedrich ListFriedrich List

06 August 1789

30 November 1846

Reutlingen

Leo

Robert AumannRobert Aumann

08 June 1930

Frankfurt

Gemini

James HeckmanJames Heckman

19 April 1944

Chicago

Aries

Henry HazlittHenry Hazlitt

28 November 1894

09 July 1993

Philadelphia

Sagittarius

Martin FeldsteinMartin Feldstein

25 November 1939

New York City

Sagittarius

Leonid HurwiczLeonid Hurwicz

21 August 1917

24 June 2008

Moscow

Leo

Benjamin TuckerBenjamin Tucker

17 April 1854

22 June 1939

Dartmouth

Aries

Fischer BlackFischer Black

11 January 1938

30 August 1995

Washington, D.C.

Capricorn

Simon NewcombSimon Newcomb

12 March 1835

11 July 1909

Nova Scotia

Pisces

Ellen Swallow RichardsEllen Swallow Richards

03 December 1842

30 March 1911

Dunstable

Sagittarius

Robert F. EngleRobert F. Engle

10 November 1942

Syracuse

Scorpio

Mancur OlsonMancur Olson

22 January 1932

19 February 1998

Grand Forks

Aquarius

Raj ChettyRaj Chetty

04 August 1979

New Delhi

Leo

Oliver E. WilliamsonOliver E. Williamson

27 September 1932

Superior

Libra

Walter BlockWalter Block

21 August 1941

Brooklyn

Leo

Doug CaseyDoug Casey

United States of America

Daniel YerginDaniel Yergin

06 February 1947

Los Angeles

Aquarius

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