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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 1,116,605 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Thorstein Veblen is the 41st most popular economist (up from 45th in 2019), the 553rd most popular biography from United States (up from 678th in 2019) and the 8th 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 41 out of 315Before him are Léon Walras, Karl Polanyi, Benjamin Graham, Elinor Ostrom, Wassily Leontief, and Ragnar Frisch. After him are Friedrich List, Gary Becker, Jacques Attali, Jan Tinbergen, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Frédéric Bastiat.

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Among people born in 1857, Thorstein Veblen ranks 19Before him are Alfonso XII of Spain, Alfred Binet, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Eugen Bleuler, Alexander of Battenberg, and Theo van Gogh. After him are Ronald Ross, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, Axel Munthe, Andrija Mohorovičić, and Paul Doumer. Among people deceased in 1929, Thorstein Veblen ranks 12Before him are Bernhard von Bülow, Emile Berliner, Sergei Diaghilev, Wilhelm Maybach, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Prince Maximilian of Baden. After him are Aby Warburg, Habibullāh Kalakāni, Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Otto Liman von Sanders, Émile Loubet, and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia.

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Among people born in United States, Thorstein Veblen ranks 553 out of 18,182Before him are Anthony Perkins (1932), Francis Fukuyama (1952), James Caan (1940), Margaret Keane (1927), Ernest Lawrence (1901), and Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875). After him are Joseph Barbera (1911), Washington Irving (1783), Eugene O'Neill (1888), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Dean Martin (1917), and Farrah Fawcett (1947).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Thorstein Veblen ranks 8Before him are Philip Kotler (1931), Paul Samuelson (1915), Michael Porter (1947), Joseph Stiglitz (1943), Herbert A. Simon (1916), and Elinor Ostrom (1933). After him are Gary Becker (1930), Douglass North (1920), Kenneth Arrow (1921), W. Edwards Deming (1900), Irving Fisher (1867), and Robert Solow (1924).