Famous Economists - List of 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.

The Most Famous Economists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Karl MarxMay 5, 1818French, German, BritishKarl Marx was a Prussian-German philosopher, revolutionary, historian and socialist whose communist ideologies and works laid the foundation for ‘Marxism’
Thomas SowellJune 30, 1930AmericanThomas Sowell is an American economist, syndicated columnist, writer and social theorist
Muhammad YunusJune 28, 1940BangladeshiMuhammad Yunus is the founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize
Simon KuznetsApril 30, 1901AmericanSimon Kuznets was a noted Russian-American economist, statistician, demographer, and economic historian
Herbert SimonJune 15, 1916AmericanHerbert Simon was an American political scientist, economist, sociologist, psychologist, and computer scientist
Jan TinbergenApril 12, 1903DutchJan Tinbergen was a noted 20th century Dutch economist, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1969
Paul SamuelsonMay 15, 1915AmericanNobel laureate Paul Anthony Samuelson is referred to as the ‘Father of Modern Economics’
Joseph E. StiglitzFebruary 9, 1943AmericanJoseph E
Friedrich von HayekMay 8, 1899Austrian, German, BritishFriedrich von Hayek was a Nobel Prize winning Austrian-British economist and philosopher, best known for his defense of classical liberalism
Michael PorterMay 23, 1947AmericanMichael Porter is an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher
Robert Mundell

Robert Mundell

Robert Mundell is a Canadian economist who received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1999

CanadianOctober 24, 1932114 views

Robert C. Merton

Robert C

AmericanJuly 31, 1944171 views

Myron Scholes

Myron Scholes is a Canadian-American economist who won the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 1997

CanadianJuly 1, 1941167 views

Robert Lucas Jr.

Robert Lucas Jr

James Mirrlees

Sir James A

BritishJuly 5, 1936110 views

Daniel McFadden

Daniel Little McFadden is an American economist and the co-recipient of the 2000 ‘Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences’

AmericanJuly 29, 193775 views

Gary Becker

Gary Becker was an American economist who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992

Robert Fogel

Robert Fogel was an American economic historian and scientist who won a share of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

AmericanJuly 1, 1926127 views

Douglass North

Douglass North was an American economist who won a share of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Reinhard Selten

Reinhard Selten is a German economist who won a share of the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

PolishOctober 5, 1930105 views