Wednesday, January 25, 2006
The 20th century's top economist
Posted by David Smith at 10:30 AM
Category: Thoughts and responses

The post-autistic economics network, which aims to claim economics back from the mathematicians "to whom intellectual rigour is everything and practical relevance nothing" is running a poll to find the 20th century's top economist. You have to be a (free) subscriber to take part, on

Here are some of its suggestions. Michel Aglietta, George Akerlof, Kenneth Arrow, Kenneth Boulding, Ronald Coase, John R. Commons, Herman Daly, Irving Fisher, Milton Friedman, John Kenneth Galbraith, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Friedrich Hayek, Albert Hirschmann, Nicholas Kaldor, Michal Kalecki, John Maynard Keynes, W. Leontief, Simons Kuznets, Arthur Lewis, Alfred Marshall, Gunnar Myrdal, Richard R. Nelson, Douglas North, Karl Polanyi, R. Prebisch, Joan Robinson, Paul Samuelson, Thomas Schelling, Joseph Schumpeter, Amartya Sen, Herbert Simon, Vernon Smith, Piero Sraffa, Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Sweezy, Thorstein Veblen.

EconomicsUK users may have their own ideas.


Milton Friedman

Posted by: Gary Bezowsky at January 29, 2006 09:03 PM

The 'post Autistic Economics Network'? Is that an anagram for morons ? My choice is Keynes, the father of modern economics. How can the likes of Kuznets be mentioned in the same paragraph as the great man. The latter had his name pinned to a load of cuves that all look the same, the former expended himself in saving Britain (which saved the world, basically).

Returning to the initial point, the idea of economics without detailed quantitative analysis is laughable. A dismal scientist without an equally dismal looking model, is useless. When economics gives up on maths, and gives in to "intellectual rigour", the intellectuals get carried away and churn up things like Medium Term Financial Strategies.

Posted by: RXP at January 29, 2006 11:26 PM
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