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Thorstein Veblen

1857 - 1929

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Thorstein Bunde Veblen (July 30, 1857 – August 3, 1929) was a Norwegian-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. Historians of economics regard Veblen as the founding father of the institutional economics school. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thorstein Veblen has received more than 1,031,286 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia. Thorstein Veblen is the 45th most popular economist (up from 47th in 2019), the 678th most popular biography from United States (down from 656th in 2019) and the 10th 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

Among economists, Thorstein Veblen ranks 45 out of 315Before him are Oliver E. Williamson, Bernard Mandeville, John Hicks, Gary Becker, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Graham. After him are Kenneth Arrow, James Tobin, Frédéric Bastiat, Maurice Allais, W. Edwards Deming, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1857, Thorstein Veblen ranks 22Before him are Theo van Gogh, Eugen Bleuler, Paul Doumer, Antoni Grabowski, Axel Munthe, and Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia. After him are Andrija Mohorovičić, Alexander of Battenberg, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Karl Pearson, Ronald Ross, and Lucien Lévy-Bruhl. Among people deceased in 1929, Thorstein Veblen ranks 16Before him are Bernhard von Bülow, Otto Liman von Sanders, Prince Maximilian of Baden, Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Aby Warburg, and Wyatt Earp. After him are Charles Cooley, Émile Loubet, Maria Christina of Austria, Antoine Bourdelle, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, and Franz Rosenzweig.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thorstein Veblen ranks 678 out of 15,968Before him are Harry Belafonte (1927), L. Ron Hubbard (1911), Jason Robards (1922), Donald Knuth (1938), Fred Trump (1905), and Joseph McCarthy (1908). After him are Anne Bancroft (1931), John Cassavetes (1929), Ritchie Valens (1941), Kenneth Arrow (1921), John Irving (1942), and Gene Wilder (1933).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Thorstein Veblen ranks 10Before him are Herbert A. Simon (1916), Joseph Stiglitz (1943), Michael Porter (1947), Elinor Ostrom (1933), Oliver E. Williamson (1932), and Gary Becker (1930). After him are Kenneth Arrow (1921), James Tobin (1918), W. Edwards Deming (1900), Douglass North (1920), Irving Fisher (1867), and Charles Cooley (1864).