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Today is John Maynard Keynes’s birthday.  Were he still alive he would be 124.

It is also — in something of an irony of history — the formal birthday of Adam Smith.  If you visit Smith’s grave in Edinburgh (you can find a close-up picture here) you’ll see his birthday listed on his gravestone as June 5, 1723.  But I understand (from where I can’t now recall) that Smith was born a few days or a few weeks earlier and that June 5th is the date on which he was baptized.

Still, happy birthday to two influential economists, one of them whose works are great and timeless.