Thorstein Veblen

1857 - 1929

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Thorstein Bunde Veblen (July 30, 1857 – August 3, 1929) was an American economist and sociologist who, during his lifetime, emerged as a well-known critic of capitalism. In his best-known book, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), Veblen coined the concepts of conspicuous consumption and conspicuous leisure. Veblen laid the foundation for the perspective of the institutional economics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thorstein Veblen has received more than 1,296,116 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Thorstein Veblen is the 51st most popular economist (down from 39th in 2019), the 736th most popular biography from United States (down from 553rd in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Economist.

Thorstein Veblen is most famous for his book The Theory of the Leisure Class, which examines the social and economic aspects of society.

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Among economists, Thorstein Veblen ranks 51 out of 414Before him are Bernard Mandeville, Gary Becker, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, William Stanley Jevons, Murray Rothbard, and John Hicks. After him are Tansu Çiller, Werner Sombart, Bertil Ohlin, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Douglass North, and Johann Heinrich von Thünen.

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Among people born in 1857, Thorstein Veblen ranks 23Before him are Eugen Bleuler, Alexander of Battenberg, Paul Doumer, Axel Munthe, Andrija Mohorovičić, and Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia. After him are Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, Ronald Ross, Georg Michaelis, Joseph Babinski, and Karl Pearson. Among people deceased in 1929, Thorstein Veblen ranks 16Before him are Emile Berliner, Sergei Diaghilev, Aby Warburg, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Otto Liman von Sanders, and Émile Loubet. After him are Maria Christina of Austria, Mercédès Jellinek, Wyatt Earp, Antoine Bourdelle, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, and Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thorstein Veblen ranks 736 out of 20,380Before him are Vera Rubin (1928), Kamehameha I (1758), Doris Day (1922), Henry Mancini (1924), Christopher Lambert (1957), and Clyde Tombaugh (1906). After him are Truman Capote (1924), Walter Matthau (1920), Alan Arkin (1934), Douglas Osheroff (1945), Josephine Cochrane (1839), and Ron Perlman (1950).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Thorstein Veblen ranks 11Before him are Herbert A. Simon (1916), Elinor Ostrom (1933), Robert Solow (1924), Paul Krugman (1953), Gary Becker (1930), and Murray Rothbard (1926). After him are Douglass North (1920), Theodore Schultz (1902), Oliver E. Williamson (1932), Irving Fisher (1867), Ben Bernanke (1953), and Kenneth Arrow (1921).