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Economics professors’ favorite economics professors

From a newly published article here.

Before anyone on this list gets too much of a swollen head, note that everyone after the top 4 got between 5 and 10 votes out of 299 professors surveyed (there was another group at 4 votes, including a certain J. S*chs). There also seems to be a sheer name recognition effect over-representing economists that show up in the news media, kind of the same way that Donald Trump was leading in the Republican nomination polls recently.

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8 Comments

  1. Inde Hewan wrote:

    Why did the survey truncate the options to so that one can only choose from those who are under-60? Surely not to claim that this is a choice of the most popular “young” economists?

    Posted May 15, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink
  2. Jon Custer wrote:

    This reminds me of Trivial Pursuit questions that begin with something like “Female American aviator in the 1930s who…”

    Posted May 15, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink
  3. kabs wrote:

    Agree with Inde…the “Under 60″ criteria seems arbitrary and almost dubious. Also, kind of surprised that Esther Duflo is not up there.

    Posted May 15, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink
  4. Dave Owen wrote:

    Paul Krugman? “Economist” and “Economist for hire” are two different things.

    Posted May 15, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink
  5. Cornelius Christian wrote:

    I’m surprised Joe Stiglitz isn’t on the graph.

    Posted May 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
  6. William Easterly wrote:

    There are similar charts for other groups of economists, over 60, dead 20th century, pre-20th century etc.

    Posted May 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink
  7. Yi-An wrote:

    This survey would’ve been more interesting is Trump had been listed as an option

    Posted May 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  8. Kyle Piontek wrote:

    Looks like the graph is a little skewed to one direction.

    Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:52 am | Permalink

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