Famous French Economists

Find out more about the greatest French Economists, including Arsène Wenger, Christine Lagarde, Auguste Comte, Thomas Piketty and Henri Fayol.

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 1 Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Lawyer, University teacher
Birthdate: April 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French

 2 Auguste Comte

Auguste Comte
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 19, 1798
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: September 5, 1857
Known as the pioneer of sociology and positivism, philosopher Auguste Comte had an elite schooling at the prestigious École Polytechnique. Though infamous for being egocentric, he was known for his dedication to society and social upliftment. He authored The Positive Philosophy and was influenced by Henri de Saint-Simon.
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 3 Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French

 4 Esther Duflo

Esther Duflo
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Famous As: American-French Economist
Birthdate: October 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French, American

Esther Duflo is a French–American economist. She is credited with co-founding the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a global research center that works towards reducing poverty worldwide. In 2019, she shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Michael Kremer and Abhijit Banerjee for their efforts to reduce poverty.

 5 Simone Weil

Simone Weil
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Famous As: Philosopher, mystic and social activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: August 24, 1943
Paris-born philosopher and activist Simone Weil could speak in Sanskrit and Greek as a student. Called The Martian by her classmates, due to her peculiar nature, she died of cardiac failure at 34, refusing to eat more than the people of German-occupied France, in spite of being diagnosed with tuberculosis. 

 6 Vilfredo Pareto

Vilfredo Pareto
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Famous As: Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 15, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French, Italian
Died: August 19, 1923

 7 Jean-Baptiste Colbert

Jean-Baptiste Colbert
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: August 29, 1619
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: September 6, 1683
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 8 Charles Fourier

Charles Fourier
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Famous As: Economist, Sociologist, Philosopher
Birthdate: April 7, 1772
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: October 10, 1837

 9 Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat
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Birthdate: June 30, 1801
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: December 24, 1850

 10 Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer, Economist
Birthdate: March 9, 1749
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: April 2, 1791

 11 Henri de Castries

Henri de Castries
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Economist
Birthdate: August 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

 12 James Mayer de Rothschild

James Mayer de Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker, Art collector, Economist, Businessperson
Birthdate: May 15, 1792
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: November 15, 1868

 13 Jean-Baptiste Say

Jean-Baptiste Say
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: January 5, 1767
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: November 15, 1832

 14 Jacques Delors

Jacques Delors
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Banker, Trade unionist
Birthdate: July 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

 15 Raymond Aron

Raymond Aron
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Famous As: Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, Political scientist, Sociologist, Professor, Economist
Birthdate: March 14, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: October 17, 1983

 16 Jean Tirole

Jean Tirole
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

 17 Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: December 14, 1739
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French, American
Died: August 7, 1817

 18 Henri de Saint-Simon

Henri de Saint-Simon
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Famous As: Political Theorist
Birthdate: October 17, 1760
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: May 19, 1825

 19 Jacques Attali

Jacques Attali
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Famous As: Economist, Banker, Writer, Engineer, University teacher, Musicologist
Birthdate: November 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French

 20 François Quesnay

François Quesnay
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Famous As: Philosopher, Economist, Physician, Encyclopédistes
Birthdate: June 4, 1694
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: December 16, 1774

 21 Cornelius Castoriadis

Cornelius Castoriadis
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Famous As: Philosopher, Economist, Writer, University teacher, Psychologist
Birthdate: March 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French, Greek
Died: December 26, 1997

 22 Léon Walras

Léon Walras
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher, Mathematician
Birthdate: December 16, 1834
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: January 5, 1910

 23 Olivier Blanchard

Olivier Blanchard
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French

 24 Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, Baron de Laune

Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, Baron de Laune
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Famous As: French economist
Birthdate: May 10, 1727
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: March 18, 1781

 25 Jean-Claude Trichet

Jean-Claude Trichet
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Famous As: Economist, Banker
Birthdate: December 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French

 26 Christiane Taubira

Christiane Taubira
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: February 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French

 27 Pierre Moscovici

Pierre Moscovici
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: September 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French

 28 Édith Cresson

Édith Cresson
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Economist
Birthdate: January 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French

 29 Pascal Lamy

Pascal Lamy
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: April 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

 30 Louis Bachelier

Louis Bachelier
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Famous As: Mathematician, Economist, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: March 11, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: April 26, 1946

 31 Édouard Balladur

Édouard Balladur
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: May 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French, Turkish

 32 Charles Alexandre de Calonne

Charles Alexandre de Calonne
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: January 20, 1734
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: October 29, 1802

 33 Frédéric Passy

Frederic Passy
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Famous As: Economist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Birthdate: May 20, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: June 12, 1912

 34 Antoine-Augustin Cournot

Antoine-Augustin Cournot
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 28, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: March 31, 1877

 35 Antoine Augustin Cournot

Antoine Augustin Cournot
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 28, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: March 31, 1877

 36 Gerard Debreu

Gerard Debreu
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French, American
Died: December 31, 2004

Born in France, Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist Gerard Debreu, known for his research on general equilibrium and econometrics, was orphaned as a child. He had also fought for the French army. Initially interested in math, he later deviated to economics and taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

 37 Didier Sornette

Didier Sornette
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Famous As: Physicist, Economist
Birthdate: June 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

 38 Maurice Allais

Maurice Allais
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: May 31, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: October 9, 2010

Maurice Allais was a French economist and physicist. Much revered and respected within the realm of economic analysis, Maurice Allais was honored with the prestigious Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1988. Allais' works served as a major influence on popular French economists like Jacques Lesourne, Gérard Debreu, Marcel Boiteux, and Edmond Malinvaud.

 39 Victor Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau

Victor Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 5, 1715
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: July 13, 1789

 40 Jules Dupuit

Jules Dupuit
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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: May 18, 1804
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French, Italian
Died: September 5, 1866

 41 Joseph Bertrand

Joseph Bertrand
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: March 11, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: April 5, 1900

 42 Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguillebert

Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguillebert
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Famous As: Lawmaker
Birthdate: February 17, 1646
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: October 10, 1714

 43 Jérôme-Adolphe Blanqui

Jérôme-Adolphe Blanqui
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: November 21, 1798
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: January 28, 1854

 44 Clément Juglar

Clément Juglar
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Famous As: Doctor
Birthdate: October 15, 1819
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: February 28, 1905

 45 André Morellet

André Morellet
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 7, 1727
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: January 12, 1819

 46 Joseph-Marie Terray

Joseph-Marie Terray
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Famous As: Government Official
Birthdate: December 9, 1715
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: February 18, 1778

 47 Jean Orry

Jean Orry
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 4, 1652
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: September 29, 1719

 48 Julia Cagé

Julia Cagé
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: February 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French

 49 Stefanie Stantcheva

Stefanie Stantcheva
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: French

 50 Bernard Maris

Bernard Maris
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: January 7, 2015