Women Economists

Throughout history, there have been many women economists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female economists such as Rosa Luxemburg, Simone Weil, Emily Greene Balch, Emma Georgina Rothschild, Ester Boserup.The women economists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom.
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: June 12, 2012

 2 Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg.
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Famous As: Marxist Theorist
Birthdate: March 5, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zamos'c'
Died: January 15, 1919
Polish Marxist and socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg was a member of parties such as the SPD, the USPD, and the KPD. Luxemburg was an anti-war activist and taught economics and Marxism at SPD's Berlin training center. She was assassinated by the Freikorps troops during the German Revolution

 3 Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: May 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 4 Yulia Navalnaya

Yulia Navalnaya.
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Born to a scientist father, Yulia Navalnaya grew up to be an acclaimed economist. She met her husband, lawyer and Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, while vacationing in Turkey. She has since been beside him through a number of tumultuous events, including his alleged poisoning by Russian officials.

 5 Esther Duflo

Esther Duflo.
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Famous As: American-French Economist
Birthdate: October 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

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.

 6 Simone Weil

Simone Weil.
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Famous As: Philosopher, mystic and social activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
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. 

 7 Anita Bose Pfaff

Anita Bose Pfaff.
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: November 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Anita Bose Pfaff is an economist and the only daughter of Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his Austrian wife/companion Emilie Schenkl. Anita was just 4 months old when Netaji left them to fight against the British with Japan’s help. Anita was singlehandedly raised by Emilie.
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 8 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Famous As: Diplomat, Economist
Birthdate: June 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ogwashi-Uku

 9 Joan Robinson

Joan Robinson
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 31, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Surrey, England
Died: August 5, 1983

Post-Keynesian economist Joan Robinson specialized in monetary economics and is remembered for her research and academic activities in India, China, and Korea. Initially a Cambridge lecturer, she later taught at Girton College and became the first woman to be made an honorary fellow of King's College.

 10 Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva.
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Famous As: Managing Director of the IMF
Birthdate: August 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgarian environmental economist Kristalina Georgieva, the MD of IMF, believes developed nations should help low-income countries to prevent the Great Divergence. Her career boasts of a stint at the World Bank Group. She made it to the 2020 Time 100 and was named the European of the Year in 2010.

 11 Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: August 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Economist Janet Yellen has had an illustrious career as an academic and researcher, and has taught at Harvard University and other reputed institutes. After chairing the Federal Reserve for 4 years, she is now the United States Secretary of the Treasury. She is married to Nobel-winning economist George Akerlof.

 12 Hina Rabbani Khar

Hina Rabbani Khar
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Famous As: Diplomat, Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Multan

 13 Emma Georgina Rothschild

Emma Georgina Rothschild
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Famous As: Economic historian, Historian, University teacher, Economist
Birthdate: May 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

Apart from being one of the heiresses of the affluent Rothschild banking family, Emma Georgina Rothschild is also a famous economic historian, a Harvard professor, and a former United Nations Foundation board member. She has also worked at MIT and Cambridge and is married to Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen.

 14 Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau
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Famous As: Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian, Translator, Writer, Sociologist, Essayist, Feminist
Birthdate: June 12, 1802
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Norwich
Died: June 27, 1876

Regarded by many as the first female sociologist, Harriet Martineau was a prominent 19th-century social theorist, classical economist, and intellectual who penned the iconic work The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte. She was partially deaf and had lost her sense of taste and smell in childhood.

 15 Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: February 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lusaka, Zambia

 16 Sonali Deraniyagala

Sonali Deraniyagala
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Famous As: Memoirist, Economist
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

 17 Carmen Reinhart

Carmen Reinhart
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 18 Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Award-winning economist and University College London professor Mariana Mazzucato was born to a physicist father in Italy. She has also held academic posts at institutes such as the University of Sussex. She is best known for her research on economic innovation and has penned books such as The Entrepreneurial State.

 19 Deirdre McCloskey

Deirdre McCloskey
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Famous As: Economist, Professor, Teacher
Birthdate: September 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ann Arbor

 20 Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

 21 Sahra Wagenknecht

Sahra Wagenknecht
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jena, Germany

 22 Anna Schwartz

Anna Schwartz
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: November 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 21, 2012

 23 Ester Boserup

Ester Boserup
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: May 18, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Died: September 24, 1999

 24 Tansu Çiller

Tansu Çiller
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Famous As: Prime Minister, Economist
Birthdate: May 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul

 25 Judith Martin

Judith Martin
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Famous As: Economist, Journalist
Birthdate: September 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo

 26 Christina Romer

Christina  Romer
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alton

 27 Christiane Taubira

Christiane Taubira
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cayenne, French Guiana

French left-wing politician Christiane Taubira has been the French minister of justice. A French Guianese by birth, she co-established the Caricoop Agricultural Association. The author of Slavery Explained to My Daughter, she lent her name to a law that prohibited Atlantic slave trade. She also legalized same-sex marriages in France.

 28 Barbara Bergmann

Barbara Bergmann
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: April 5, 2015

 29 Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Sri Mulyani Indrawati
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, University teacher
Birthdate: August 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bandarlampung

 30 Ingrida Šimonytė

Ingrida Šimonytė
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 31 Ellen Swallow Richards

Ellen Swallow Richards
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Famous As: Chemist, University teacher, Economist
Birthdate: December 3, 1842
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dunstable
Died: March 30, 1911

 32 Elvira Nabiullina

Elvira Nabiullina
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Banker
Birthdate: October 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ufa

The first woman to serve as the governor of the Central Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina has also been an economic advisor to Russian president Vladamir Putin. The daughter of a factory manager mother and a driver father, she made it to the Forbes Power Women 2020 list.

 33 Mercedes Aráoz

Mercedes Aráoz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

 34 Siv Jensen

Siv Jensen
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: June 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oslo

 35 Christina H. Paxson

Christina H. Paxson
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: February 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States

 36 Nadia Calviño

Nadia Calviño
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: A Coruña, Spain

 37 Julia Cagé

Julia Cagé
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: February 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Metz, France

French economist Julia Cagé specializes in political economy, industrial organization and economic history.  An Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Sciences Po Paris, she is also a research affiliate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Co-director of the "Evaluation of Democracy" research group of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies.  

 38 Margaret Hassan

Margaret Hassan
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: April 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dalkey
Died: November 8, 2004

Irish-born aid worker Margaret Hassan, who was also referred to as Madam Margaret, remained in Baghdad during the 1991 Gulf War, and joined the international humanitarian agency called CARE International that year. She worked in Iraq for several years and became head of Iraqi operations for CARE in 2004. The same year, she was kidnapped and murdered by unidentified kidnappers.

 39 Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: March 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 40 Noreena Hertz

Noreena Hertz
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Famous As: Economist, Journalist
Birthdate: September 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

English academic, economist, author and broadcaster Noreena Hertz serves as Economics Editor of ITV News, chief Europe correspondent of Sirius XM and Honorary Professor at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity. She hosts the MegaHertz: London Calling show on Sirius XM Insight channel. She launched the Mayday for Nurses campaign and penned books like The Silent Takeover and Generation K.

 41 Emily Greene Balch

Emily Greene Balch.
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Famous As: Social Activist
Birthdate: January 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 9, 1961

 42 Susan Athey

Susan Athey
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: November 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 43 Stefanie Stantcheva

Stefanie Stantcheva
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bulgaria

Stefanie Stantcheva is a French economist currently working as a professor of economics at Harvard University. Her research mainly focuses on public finance, and she is a member of the French Council of Economic Analysis. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Political Economy and the American Economic Review. She received the Elaine Bennett Research Prize in 2020. 

 44 Zorana Mihajlovic

Zorana Mihajlovic
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 45 Bogolo Joy Kenewendo

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo.
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: 1987 AD
Birthplace: Motopi Village in the Boteti Area

 46 Epsy Campbell Barr

Epsy Campbell Barr
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San José, Costa Rica

 47 Mari Elka Pangestu

Mari Elka Pangestu
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: October 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 48 Tatyana Golikova

Tatyana Golikova
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: February 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia

From being the chief economist of the Russian finance ministry to serving as the deputy prime minister for social policy, Tatyana Golikova has done it all. Known as Miss Budget in popular media, she specializes in labor economics. She was also named Madam Arbidol for her alleged association with Pharmstandard.

 49 Edith Abbott

Edith Abbott
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 26, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: July 28, 1957

 50 Mimi Kodheli

Mimi Kodheli
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania