Kenneth Arrow

1921 - 2017

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Kenneth Joseph Arrow (August 23, 1921 – February 21, 2017) was an American economist, mathematician, writer, and political theorist. Along with John Hicks, he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1972. In economics, Arrow was a major figure in post-World War II neoclassical economic theory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kenneth Arrow has received more than 882,544 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Kenneth Arrow is the 68th most popular economist (down from 50th in 2019), the 938th most popular biography from United States (down from 680th in 2019) and the 17th most popular American Economist.

Kenneth Arrow is most famous for his work in economics, specifically in the field of welfare economics. He is also well known for his work in social choice theory and general equilibrium theory.

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Among economists, Kenneth Arrow ranks 68 out of 414Before him are Irving Fisher, Franco Modigliani, Robert Mundell, Cornelius Castoriadis, Trygve Haavelmo, and Ben Bernanke. After him are Arthur Cecil Pigou, Nikolai Kondratiev, Harry Markowitz, Leonid Hurwicz, James Tobin, and Henry Mintzberg.

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Among people born in 1921, Kenneth Arrow ranks 47Before him are Alida Valli, Aaron T. Beck, Kurt Knispel, Dobrica Ćosić, Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Abdul Salam Arif. After him are Nexhmije Hoxha, Herschel Grynszpan, Georges Brassens, Mary Jackson, Telmo Zarra, and James Jones. Among people deceased in 2017, Kenneth Arrow ranks 47Before him are Liu Xiaobo, Malcolm Young, Powers Boothe, George A. Romero, Ryke Geerd Hamer, and Harry Dean Stanton. After him are Oliver Smithies, Jonathan Demme, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, Al Jarreau, and Danielle Darrieux.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Kenneth Arrow ranks 938 out of 20,380Before him are Anne Baxter (1923), Keith Jarrett (1945), Edward Norton (1969), Dickinson W. Richards (1895), Jody Williams (1950), and Harry Dean Stanton (1926). After him are Edgar Cayce (1877), Estée Lauder (1906), Kobe Bryant (1978), Leon M. Lederman (1922), James Earl Jones (1931), and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Kenneth Arrow ranks 17Before him are Thorstein Veblen (1857), Douglass North (1920), Theodore Schultz (1902), Oliver E. Williamson (1932), Irving Fisher (1867), and Ben Bernanke (1953). After him are Harry Markowitz (1927), James Tobin (1918), W. Edwards Deming (1900), Richard Thaler (1945), Edmund Phelps (1933), and Lawrence Klein (1920).