James M. Buchanan

1919 - 2013

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James McGill Buchanan Jr. (; October 3, 1919 – January 9, 2013) was an American economist known for his work on public choice theory originally outlined in his most famous work co-authored with Gordon Tullock in 1962, The Calculus of Consent, then developed over decades 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 575,194 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). James M. Buchanan is the 80th most popular economist (down from 77th in 2019), the 1,090th most popular biography from United States (down from 993rd in 2019) and the 24th most popular American Economist.

James Buchanan is most famous for being the president when the United States was on the brink of Civil War.

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Among economists, James M. Buchanan ranks 80 out of 315Before him are Robert Mundell, Trygve Haavelmo, George Akerlof, Reinhard Selten, Richard Thaler, and James Mill. After him are Edmund Phelps, John Harsanyi, Silvio Gesell, Gottfried Feder, W. Arthur Lewis, and Eugen Dühring.

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Among people born in 1919, James M. Buchanan ranks 38Before him are Andreas Papandreou, Moïse Tshombe, Godfrey Hounsfield, Pete Seeger, Daniel Bell, and Jackie Robinson. After him are Mordechai Anielewicz, Ian Smith, Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, Oleg Penkovsky, Chavela Vargas, and Joseph Murray. Among people deceased in 2013, James M. Buchanan ranks 46Before him are James Avery, Boris Berezovsky, Ieng Sary, Bert Trautmann, Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, and J. J. Cale. After him are Nagisa Oshima, Jesús Franco, Jerome Karle, Tony Lip, Conrad Bain, and Viktor Kulikov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James M. Buchanan ranks 1,090 out of 15,968Before him are J. J. Cale (1938), Tony Bennett (1926), Mike Pence (1959), Dennis Quaid (1954), Shelley Duvall (1949), and Jeremy Renner (1971). After him are Edmund Phelps (1933), Hunter S. Thompson (1937), Anthony Mann (1906), Kevin Bacon (1958), Big Show (1972), and Al Jarreau (1940).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, James M. Buchanan ranks 24Before him are Theodore Schultz (1902), Robert Solow (1924), Robert Lucas Jr. (1937), Harry Markowitz (1927), George Akerlof (1940), and Richard Thaler (1945). After him are Edmund Phelps (1933), Vernon L. Smith (1927), Douglas McGregor (1906), Alan Greenspan (1926), Jeremy Rifkin (1945), and Thomas Schelling (1921).