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Gunnar Myrdal

1898 - 1987

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Karl Gunnar Myrdal ( MUR-dahl, MEER-; Swedish: [ˈɡɵ̌nːar ˈmy̌ːɖɑːl]; 6 December 1898 – 17 May 1987) was a Swedish economist and sociologist. In 1974, he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences along with Friedrich Hayek for "their pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena." When his wife, Alva Myrdal, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982, they became the fourth ever married couple to have won Nobel Prizes, and the first and only to win independent of each other (versus a shared Nobel Prize by scientist spouses). He is best known in the United States for his study of race relations, which culminated in his book An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy. The study was influential in the 1954 landmark U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gunnar Myrdal has received more than 536,750 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia. Gunnar Myrdal is the 34th most popular economist (down from 31st in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Sweden (down from 62nd in 2019) and the most popular Swedish Economist.

Gunnar Myrdal is most famous for his work on racial inequality in the United States.

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Among economists, Gunnar Myrdal ranks 34 out of 315Before him are William Petty, Carl Menger, Barack Obama Sr., Klaus Schwab, Alexander Hamilton, and Ronald Coase. After him are Léon Walras, Karl Polanyi, Benjamin Graham, Elinor Ostrom, Wassily Leontief, and Ragnar Frisch.

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Among people born in 1898, Gunnar Myrdal ranks 20Before him are Herbert Marcuse, Liu Shaoqi, C. S. Lewis, Tamara de Lempicka, Trofim Lysenko, and Alexander Calder. After him are Hans Krebs, Rodion Malinovsky, Henry Moore, Leo Szilard, Isidor Isaac Rabi, and Rudolf Dassler. Among people deceased in 1987, Gunnar Myrdal ranks 14Before him are Lawrence Kohlberg, Fred Astaire, Marguerite Yourcenar, Pola Negri, Andrey Kolmogorov, and Thomas Sankara. After him are Walter Houser Brattain, John Huston, Lino Ventura, John Howard Northrop, William P. Murphy, and Lee Byung-chul.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Gunnar Myrdal ranks 63 out of 1,612Before him are Allvar Gullstrand (1862), Henning Mankell (1948), Björn Borg (1956), Theodor Svedberg (1884), Stellan Skarsgård (1951), and Zlatan Ibrahimović (1981). After him are Folke Bernadotte (1895), Anders Jonas Ångström (1814), Carl Larsson (1853), Keke Rosberg (1948), Eric IX of Sweden (1120), and Axel Oxenstierna (1583).

Among ECONOMISTS In Sweden

Among economists born in Sweden, Gunnar Myrdal ranks 1After him are Bertil Ohlin (1899), Knut Wicksell (1851), Eli Heckscher (1879), Gustav Cassel (1866), and Erik Lindahl (1891).