Elinor Ostrom

1933 - 2012

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Elinor Claire "Lin" Ostrom (née Awan; August 7, 1933 – June 12, 2012) was an American political scientist and political economist whose work was associated with New Institutional Economics and the resurgence of political economy. In 2009, she was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for her "analysis of economic governance, especially the commons", which she shared with Oliver E. Williamson; she was the first woman to win the prize. After graduating with a B.A. and Ph.D. in political science from UCLA, Ostrom lived in Bloomington, Indiana, and served on the faculty of Indiana University, with a late-career affiliation with Arizona State University. She was a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University and the Arthur F. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elinor Ostrom has received more than 1,222,580 page views. Her biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Elinor Ostrom is the 33rd most popular economist (up from 36th in 2019), the 462nd most popular biography from United States (up from 503rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Economist.

Elinor Ostrom is most famous for her work in the field of political economy, specifically in the study of economic governance. She is best known for her research on how communities can manage common resources, such as forests, fish, and water, without resorting to the use of government regulation.

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Among economists, Elinor Ostrom ranks 33 out of 414Before her are Carl Menger, Simon Kuznets, Michael Porter, Herbert A. Simon, Barack Obama Sr., and William Petty. After her are Ragnar Frisch, Jan Tinbergen, Léon Walras, Wassily Leontief, Karl Polanyi, and Frédéric Bastiat.

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Among people born in 1933, Elinor Ostrom ranks 23Before her are Nina Simone, Amartya Sen, Heinrich Rohrer, Philip Roth, Susan Sontag, and Mako. After her are Francisco Gento, Arno Allan Penzias, Jayne Mansfield, Krzysztof Penderecki, Paul Biya, and Paul J. Crutzen. Among people deceased in 2012, Elinor Ostrom ranks 15Before her are Ahmed Ben Bella, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Tony Scott, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Lord, and Eric Hobsbawm. After her are Theo Angelopoulos, George Tupou V, Sylvia Kristel, Roger Garaudy, Carroll Shelby, and Ernest Borgnine.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Elinor Ostrom ranks 462 out of 20,380Before her are Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), William G. Morgan (1870), Danny Trejo (1944), Roy Lichtenstein (1923), Robert Zemeckis (1952), and Ralph Lauren (1939). After her are Robert Coleman Richardson (1937), Bryan Cranston (1956), Douglas Engelbart (1925), Iggy Pop (1947), Jayne Mansfield (1933), and Dick Cheney (1941).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Elinor Ostrom ranks 6Before her are Milton Friedman (1912), Paul Samuelson (1915), Joseph Stiglitz (1943), Michael Porter (1947), and Herbert A. Simon (1916). After her are Robert Solow (1924), Paul Krugman (1953), Gary Becker (1930), Murray Rothbard (1926), Thorstein Veblen (1857), and Douglass North (1920).