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John Kenneth Galbraith

1908 - 2006

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John Kenneth Galbraith (October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006), also known as Ken Galbraith, was a Canadian-American economist, diplomat, public official, and intellectual. His books on economic topics were bestsellers from the 1950s through the 2000s. As an economist, he leaned toward post-Keynesian economics from an institutionalist perspective.Galbraith was a long-time Harvard faculty member and stayed with Harvard University for half a century as a professor of economics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Kenneth Galbraith has received more than 1,542,748 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). John Kenneth Galbraith is the 57th most popular economist (down from 55th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from Canada (down from 28th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Economist.

John Kenneth Galbraith is most famous for his book The Affluent Society, which argues that the United States economy is dominated by consumerism.

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Among economists, John Kenneth Galbraith ranks 57 out of 315Before him are Kenneth Arrow, Johann Heinrich von Thünen, Maurice Allais, Robert Mundell, W. Edwards Deming, and Irving Fisher. After him are Franco Modigliani, Bertil Ohlin, Robert Solow, Theodore Schultz, William Stanley Jevons, and Oliver E. Williamson.

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Among people born in 1908, John Kenneth Galbraith ranks 37Before him are Manoel de Oliveira, William Saroyan, Dmitry Ustinov, Werner von Haeften, Hannes Alfvén, and Willard Libby. After him are Balthus, Cesare Pavese, Ilya Frank, Joseph Rotblat, Alfred Hershey, and Günther Prien. Among people deceased in 2006, John Kenneth Galbraith ranks 30Before him are Clay Regazzoni, Giacinto Facchetti, Choi Kyu-hah, Robert Altman, Johannes Rau, and Steve Irwin. After him are Markus Wolf, Lennart Meri, Alexander Litvinenko, Jack Palance, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Muriel Spark.

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Among people born in Canada, John Kenneth Galbraith ranks 30 out of 1,350Before him are Gilles Villeneuve (1950), Dan Aykroyd (1952), Willard Boyle (1924), Neil Young (1945), Robert Mundell (1932), and Oswald Avery (1877). After him are Bryan Adams (1959), Pierre Trudeau (1919), Howard Shore (1946), Henry Mintzberg (1939), Richard E. Taylor (1929), and René Angélil (1942).

Among ECONOMISTS In Canada

Among economists born in Canada, John Kenneth Galbraith ranks 2Before him are Robert Mundell (1932). After him are Henry Mintzberg (1939), William Vickrey (1914), Myron Scholes (1941), Harold Innis (1894), David Card (1956), and Jacob Viner (1892).