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Douglass North

1920 - 2015

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Douglass Cecil North (November 5, 1920 – November 23, 2015) was an American economist known for his work in economic history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Douglass North has received more than 376,830 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Douglass North is the 50th most popular economist (up from 52nd in 2019), the 658th most popular biography from United States (up from 725th in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Economist.

Douglass North is most famous for his work on the theory of institutions and economic development. He argues that institutions are the key to understanding why some countries are rich and others are poor.

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Among economists, Douglass North ranks 50 out of 315Before him are Jacques Attali, Jan Tinbergen, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Frédéric Bastiat, John Hicks, and Bernard Mandeville. After him are Werner Sombart, Kenneth Arrow, Johann Heinrich von Thünen, Maurice Allais, Robert Mundell, and W. Edwards Deming.

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Among people born in 1920, Douglass North ranks 31Before him are Richard von Weizsäcker, Walter Matthau, Helmut Newton, John Demjanjuk, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and Ravi Shankar. After him are Nicolaas Bloembergen, François Jacob, Clarice Lispector, Gene Tierney, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, and Mickey Rooney. Among people deceased in 2015, Douglass North ranks 29Before him are Richard von Weizsäcker, Otto Carius, Kenan Evren, Maya Plisetskaya, Eduardo Galeano, and Val Logsdon Fitch. After him are Tariq Aziz, Manoel de Oliveira, Wes Craven, Oliver Sacks, Yves Chauvin, and James Last.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Douglass North ranks 658 out of 18,182Before him are Don Shirley (1927), Carrie Fisher (1956), Walter Hill (1942), Sally Field (1946), Linda Lovelace (1949), and Val Logsdon Fitch (1923). After him are Terrence Malick (1943), Hugh Glass (1783), Hugh Everett III (1930), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933), Carl Barks (1901), and Joseph McCarthy (1908).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Douglass North ranks 10Before him are Michael Porter (1947), Joseph Stiglitz (1943), Herbert A. Simon (1916), Elinor Ostrom (1933), Thorstein Veblen (1857), and Gary Becker (1930). After him are Kenneth Arrow (1921), W. Edwards Deming (1900), Irving Fisher (1867), Robert Solow (1924), Theodore Schultz (1902), and Oliver E. Williamson (1932).