Milton Friedman

1912 - 2006

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Milton Friedman ( ; July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist and statistician who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and the complexity of stabilization policy. With George Stigler, Friedman was among the intellectual leaders of the Chicago school of economics, a neoclassical school of economic thought associated with the work of the faculty at the University of Chicago that rejected Keynesianism in favor of monetarism until the mid-1970s, when it turned to new classical macroeconomics heavily based on the concept of rational expectations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Milton Friedman has received more than 7,389,780 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Milton Friedman is the 8th most popular economist (down from 7th in 2019), the 131st most popular biography from United States (down from 105th in 2019) and the most popular American Economist.

Milton Friedman is most famous for his work on the causes of the Great Depression and the policies that were put in place to combat it.

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Among economists, Milton Friedman ranks 8 out of 414Before him are Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, David Ricardo, Thomas Robert Malthus, John Stuart Mill, and Friedrich Hayek. After him are Vilfredo Pareto, Joseph Schumpeter, Frédéric Passy, Alfred Marshall, François Quesnay, and Ludwig von Mises.

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Among people born in 1912, Milton Friedman ranks 6Before him are Kim Il-sung, Alan Turing, Pope John Paul I, Eva Braun, and Erich Honecker. After him are Wernher von Braun, Otto von Habsburg, Jackson Pollock, Michelangelo Antonioni, János Kádár, and Millvina Dean. Among people deceased in 2006, Milton Friedman ranks 7Before him are Saddam Hussein, Augusto Pinochet, Ferenc Puskás, Slobodan Milošević, Gerald Ford, and Naguib Mahfouz. After him are Stanisław Lem, James Brown, Philippe Noiret, Syd Barrett, Oriana Fallaci, and Alfredo Stroessner.

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Among people born in United States, Milton Friedman ranks 131 out of 20,380Before him are Dr. Seuss (1904), Meryl Streep (1949), Douglas MacArthur (1880), Richard Feynman (1918), Michael Douglas (1944), and William Faulkner (1897). After him are Patti Smith (1946), Will Smith (1968), Rosa Parks (1913), William James (1842), Bobby Fischer (1943), and Edwin Hubble (1889).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Milton Friedman ranks 1After him are Paul Samuelson (1915), Joseph Stiglitz (1943), Michael Porter (1947), Herbert A. Simon (1916), Elinor Ostrom (1933), Robert Solow (1924), Paul Krugman (1953), Gary Becker (1930), Murray Rothbard (1926), Thorstein Veblen (1857), and Douglass North (1920).