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My Admittedly Idiosyncratic List of History’s 18 Top-10 Economists

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Commenting here [2], IndianaJim asks my list of top-ten economists of all time.  It’s a difficult list to compile, but here goes – with a bit of fudging at the end:

1. F.A. Hayek [3]

2. Adam Smith [4]

3. James M. Buchanan [5]

4. Armen Alchian [6]

5. Ronald Coase [7]

6. Harold Demsetz [8]

7. Julian Simon [9]

8. Milton Friedman [10]

9. Frederic Bastiat [11]

10t.* Joseph Schumpeter [12]

“t” means “tentative.”  Other candidates for this coveted No. 10 slot are J.-B. Say [13], Carl Menger [14], Knut Wicksell [15], Philip Wicksteed [16], Alfred Marshall [17], Frank Knight [18], Aaron Director [19], and Gordon Tullock [20].

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