Frédéric Bastiat

1801 - 1850

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Claude-Frédéric Bastiat (; French: [klod fʁedeʁik bastja]; 30 June 1801 – 24 December 1850) was a French economist, writer and a prominent member of the French Liberal School.A member of the French National Assembly, Bastiat developed the economic concept of opportunity cost and introduced the parable of the broken window. He was described as “the most brilliant economic journalist who ever lived” by economic theorist Joseph Schumpeter.As an advocate of classical economics and the economics of Adam Smith, his views favored a free market and influenced the Austrian School. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frédéric Bastiat has received more than 709,505 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Frédéric Bastiat is the 47th most popular economist (up from 48th in 2019), the 694th most popular biography from France (up from 743rd in 2019) and the 8th most popular Economist.

Bastiat is most famous for his essay "What is Seen and What is Not Seen" which explains how the unseen costs of government intervention are often much greater than the benefits.

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Among economists, Frédéric Bastiat ranks 47 out of 315Before him are Thorstein Veblen, Friedrich List, Gary Becker, Jacques Attali, Jan Tinbergen, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. After him are John Hicks, Bernard Mandeville, Douglass North, Werner Sombart, Kenneth Arrow, and Johann Heinrich von Thünen.

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Among people born in 1801, Frédéric Bastiat ranks 5Before him are Vincenzo Bellini, Brigham Young, Gustav Fechner, and Josip Jelačić. After him are John of Saxony, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, John Henry Newman, Johannes Peter Müller, Joseph Plateau, and Mikhail Ostrogradsky. Among people deceased in 1850, Frédéric Bastiat ranks 10Before him are William Wordsworth, Daoguang Emperor, Zachary Taylor, Báb, José de San Martín, and Marie Tussaud. After him are Johann Heinrich von Thünen, Louise of Orléans, Robert Peel, Lin Zexu, Germain Henri Hess, and Jean-Pierre Boyer.

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In France

Among people born in France, Frédéric Bastiat ranks 694 out of 6,011Before him are Richard II, Duke of Normandy (963), François-André Danican Philidor (1726), Mary of Guise (1515), André the Giant (1946), Bernard Gui (1261), and Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646). After him are Roger Garaudy (1913), Catherine Labouré (1806), Jean Meslier (1664), François Guizot (1787), Nadia Boulanger (1887), and Maurice Gamelin (1872).

Among ECONOMISTS In France

Among economists born in France, Frédéric Bastiat ranks 8Before him are François Quesnay (1694), Frédéric Passy (1822), Jean-Baptiste Say (1767), Anne Robert Jacques Turgot (1727), Léon Walras (1834), and Dominique Strauss-Kahn (1949). After him are Maurice Allais (1911), Jacques Delors (1925), Jean-Claude Trichet (1942), Gérard Debreu (1921), Jean Tirole (1953), and Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play (1806).