The Foreign Policy magazine ranking of the top 100 Global Thinkers just came out. The rankings can be a bit mysterious, like college football rankings that confuse Texas Christian University with a real football team.
I myself had a two-year run in the top 100 for still unexplained reasons. Alas, a late-season loss to Collier State University doomed my chances this year. I wouldn’t mind as much if there were not way too many politicians and high ranking government officials this year, few of whom have previously been suspected of Thinking.
On the bright side, wonderful development-connected economists have been added this year: Carmen Reinhart, Ken Rogoff, Raghu Rajan, Paul Romer, Sendhil Mulanaithan, Daron Acemoglu (and Esther Duflo and Nouriel Roubini repeated from last year).
Please suggest your own favorite thinkers from this year’s 100. And of course, this being Aid Watch, feel free to volunteer any least favorites.