George Akerlof

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George Arthur Akerlof (born June 17, 1940) is an American economist who is a university professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and Koshland Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He won the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (shared with Michael Spence and Joseph E. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Akerlof has received more than 808,455 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). George Akerlof is the 76th most popular economist (up from 92nd in 2019), the 1,057th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,151st in 2019) and the 22nd most popular American Economist.

George Akerlof is most famous for his paper "The Market for Lemons: Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism" which discusses how information asymmetry can lead to economic inefficiency.

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Among economists, George Akerlof ranks 76 out of 315Before him are Robert Lucas Jr., Harry Markowitz, Tansu Çiller, Cornelius Castoriadis, Robert Mundell, and Trygve Haavelmo. After him are Reinhard Selten, Richard Thaler, James Mill, James M. Buchanan, Edmund Phelps, and John Harsanyi.

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Among people born in 1940, George Akerlof ranks 74Before him are Óscar Arias, Dietmar Hopp, Mario Andretti, Astrud Gilberto, Gudrun Ensslin, and James Brolin. After him are Paolo Borsellino, Al Jarreau, Milena Dravić, Joachim Frank, Fatema Mernissi, and Marlène Jobert.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Akerlof ranks 1,057 out of 15,968Before him are Whitey Bulger (1929), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), Clyde Drexler (1962), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), Burton Richter (1931), and James Brolin (1940). After him are Allen Dulles (1893), John Young (1930), James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834), Winona Ryder (1971), Gerald Edelman (1929), and Lyonel Feininger (1871).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, George Akerlof ranks 22Before him are Charles Cooley (1864), Murray Rothbard (1926), Theodore Schultz (1902), Robert Solow (1924), Robert Lucas Jr. (1937), and Harry Markowitz (1927). After him are Richard Thaler (1945), James M. Buchanan (1919), Edmund Phelps (1933), Vernon L. Smith (1927), Douglas McGregor (1906), and Alan Greenspan (1926).