Leonid Hurwicz

1917 - 2008

Photo of Leonid Hurwicz

Icon of person Leonid Hurwicz

Leonid "Leo" Hurwicz (Polish pronunciation: [lɛˈɔɲit ˈxurvitʂ]; August 21, 1917 – June 24, 2008) was a Polish-American economist and mathematician, known for his work in game theory and mechanism design. He originated the concept of incentive compatibility, and showed how desired outcomes can be achieved by using incentive compatible mechanism design. Hurwicz shared the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (with Eric Maskin and Roger Myerson) for his seminal work on mechanism design. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leonid Hurwicz has received more than 217,210 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Leonid Hurwicz is the 89th most popular economist (down from 69th in 2019), the 353rd most popular biography from Russia (down from 259th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Economist.

Leonid Hurwicz is most famous for his work in welfare economics. He developed the concept of Pareto efficiency and showed that a competitive equilibrium is Pareto efficient.

Memorability Metrics

  • 220k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 69.81

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 53

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.53

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.62

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Leonid Hurwiczs by language


Among economists, Leonid Hurwicz ranks 89 out of 315Before him are Silvio Gesell, Gottfried Feder, W. Arthur Lewis, Eugen Dühring, Thomas Mun, and Jean-Claude Trichet. After him are Vernon L. Smith, Mario Draghi, Clara Ponsatí, Douglas McGregor, Alan Greenspan, and Gérard Debreu.

Most Popular Economists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1917, Leonid Hurwicz ranks 51Before him are Violeta Parra, Maurice Duverger, Dinu Lipatti, Susan Hayward, Hirokazu Ninomiya, and Vera Lynn. After him are Leonora Carrington, Masahiko Kimura, John Kendrew, Barry Nelson, Andrew Huxley, and David McClelland. Among people deceased in 2008, Leonid Hurwicz ranks 43Before him are George Habash, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, George Carlin, Mark Felt, and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After him are Jörg Haider, Dražan Jerković, George Emil Palade, Phil Hill, Dino Risi, and Chiara Lubich.

Others Born in 1917

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2008

Go to all Rankings

In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Leonid Hurwicz ranks 353 out of 2,688Before him are Andrei Bely (1880), Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (1923), Anton Arensky (1861), Nikolay Semyonov (1896), Lila Kedrova (1918), and Vasily Arkhipov (1926). After him are Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737), Nikolai Leskov (1831), Fritz Albert Lipmann (1899), Vasili Kuznetsov (1901), Simeon of Moscow (1316), and Lovis Corinth (1858).

Among ECONOMISTS In Russia

Among economists born in Russia, Leonid Hurwicz ranks 2Before him are Nikolai Kondratiev (1892). After him are Nikolay Danilevsky (1822), Eugen Slutsky (1880), Alexander Chayanov (1888), Leonid Abalkin (1930), Ladislaus Bortkiewicz (1868), Tatyana Golikova (1966), and Arkady Dvorkovich (1972).