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Mahbub ul Haq

1934 - 1998

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Mahbub ul-Haq (Urdu: محبوب الحق; (1934-02-24)24 February 1934 – (1998-07-16)16 July 1998) was a Pakistani economist, international development theorist, and politician who served as the Minister of Finance of Pakistan from 10 April 1985 to 28 January 1986, and again from June to December 1988 as a caretaker. Regarded as one of the greatest economists of his time, Haq devised the Human Development Index, widely used to gauge the development of nations.After graduating with a degree in economics from the Government College University in Lahore, he won a scholarship to the University of Cambridge in England, where he obtained a second higher degree in the same field. He later received his PhD from Yale University in the United States and subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at the Harvard Kennedy School. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mahbub ul Haq has received more than 505,830 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Mahbub ul Haq is the 229th most popular economist (up from 235th in 2019), the 367th most popular biography from India (down from 360th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Indian Economist.

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Among economists, Mahbub ul Haq ranks 229 out of 315Before him are Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert, George Shultz, Fritz Machlup, Colin Clark, Johann Karl Rodbertus, and Étienne Laspeyres. After him are Harold Innis, Alexander Gerschenkron, Eric Maskin, Hernando de Soto Polar, Wilhelm Georg Friedrich Roscher, and Jules Dupuit.

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Among people born in 1934, Mahbub ul Haq ranks 207Before him are Frank País, Vicar, Ian Richardson, Paco Ibáñez, Savely Kramarov, and Ernesto Brambilla. After him are Juraj Herz, Maurice Godelier, Pierre Barouh, Sven Wollter, Gennadiy Aygi, and Seraphim Rose. Among people deceased in 1998, Mahbub ul Haq ranks 124Before him are Haroun Tazieff, Sani Abacha, Qian Zhongshu, Jack Lord, Keisuke Kinoshita, and Jean Leray. After him are Phil Hartman, Hermann Prey, Jon Postel, Bertil Nordahl, Gérard Grisey, and Mariano Martín.

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Among people born in India, Mahbub ul Haq ranks 367 out of 1,493Before him are Kumārila Bhaṭṭa (700), Vichitravirya (null), Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (1832), Vidya Balan (1979), Ahmad Shah Bahadur (1725), and M. S. Subbulakshmi (1916). After him are Subhadra Kumari Chauhan (1904), Jayant Narlikar (1938), Swaminarayan (1781), Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (1892), Girija Prasad Koirala (1924), and Ram Manohar Lohia (1910).


Among economists born in India, Mahbub ul Haq ranks 2Before him are Amartya Sen (1933). After him are Abhijit Banerjee (1961), Jagdish Bhagwati (1934), Raghuram Rajan (1963), Gita Gopinath (1971), and Kshama Sawant (1973).