James M. Buchanan

1919 - 2013

James M. Buchanan

James McGill Buchanan Jr. (; October 3, 1919 – January 9, 2013) was an American economist known for his work on public choice theory (included in his most famous work, co-authored with Gordon Tullock, The Calculus of Consent, 1962), for which he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1986. Buchanan's work initiated research on how politicians' and bureaucrats' self-interest, utility maximization, and other non-wealth-maximizing considerations affect their decision-making. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James M. Buchanan has received more than 431,033 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 77th most popular economist.

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Among economists, James M. Buchanan ranks 77 out of 288Before him are William Stanley Jevons, Robert Mundell, Nikolai Kondratiev, Jean-Claude Trichet, Trygve Haavelmo, and Cornelius Castoriadis. After him are Harry Markowitz, Lawrence Klein, Richard Thaler, John Harsanyi, James Mill, and Dale T. Mortensen.

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Among people born in 1919, James M. Buchanan ranks 33Before him are Lex Barker, Leon Festinger, Jackie Robinson, Walter Scheel, Mordechai Anielewicz, and Joseph Murray. After him are Dino De Laurentiis, Bob Paisley, Chavela Vargas, Godfrey Hounsfield, Daniel Bell, and Liberace. Among people deceased in 2013, James M. Buchanan ranks 43Before him are Ieng Sary, Jesús Franco, Ronald Dworkin, J. J. Cale, Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, and Richard Matheson. After him are Boris Berezovsky, Lawrence Klein, John Cornforth, Nagisa Oshima, James Avery, and Dominique Venner.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James M. Buchanan ranks 993 out of 12,171Before him are Richard Matheson (1926), Michael Mann (1943), Michael Bloomberg (1942), Mike Pence (1959), Lance Armstrong (1971), and John Fenn (1917). After him are Percival Lowell (1855), Ali MacGraw (1939), Harvey Milk (1930), Jim Lovell (1928), James Earl Ray (1928), and Alfred Hershey (1908).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, James M. Buchanan ranks 21Before him are Edmund Phelps (1933), Robert Solow (1924), Kenneth Arrow (1921), Oliver E. Williamson (1932), Robert Lucas Jr. (1937), and Murray Rothbard (1926). After him are Harry Markowitz (1927), Lawrence Klein (1920), Richard Thaler (1945), Dale T. Mortensen (1939), Thomas Schelling (1921), and Alan Greenspan (1926).