Vernon L. Smith

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Vernon Lomax Smith (born January 1, 1927) is an American economist who is currently a professor of economics and law at Chapman University. He was formerly the McLellan/Regent’s Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona, a professor of economics and law at George Mason University, and a board member of the Mercatus Center. Along with Daniel Kahneman, Smith won the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to behavioral economics and his work in the field of experimental economics, which helped establish “laboratory experiments as a tool in empirical economic analysis, especially in the study of alternative market mechanisms”. Smith is the founder and president of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREEE), a member of the Independent Institute’s board of advisors, and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vernon L. Smith has received more than 408,930 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia. Vernon L. Smith is the 144th most popular economist (down from 103rd in 2019), the 2,009th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,434th in 2019) and the 46th most popular American Economist.

Vernon L. Smith is most famous for his work on experimental economics. He has been a professor at the University of Arizona since 1969 and is the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics.

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Among economists, Vernon L. Smith ranks 144 out of 414Before him are James Mirrlees, Robert Fogel, Dani Rodrik, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play, and James Heckman. After him are Gustav von Schmoller, Christopher A. Pissarides, Bengt Holmström, Jeffrey Sachs, William Beveridge, and Robert F. Engle.

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Among people born in 1927, Vernon L. Smith ranks 98Before him are Odvar Nordli, Ram Narayan, Dana Elcar, Dick Bruna, Eldar Ryazanov, and Eartha Kitt. After him are Jorge Batlle, Hans Schäfer, Martin Walser, Nguyễn Khánh, Yitzhak Hofi, and Carlos José Castilho.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Vernon L. Smith ranks 2,009 out of 20,380Before him are Rhea Perlman (1948), Archie Hahn (1880), Alice Walker (1944), Alan Menken (1949), Marion Ramsey (1947), and James Avery (1945). After him are Jennifer Garner (1972), Darren Aronofsky (1969), Kim Peek (1951), Thomas Mitchell (1892), Gore Vidal (1925), and Robert Trujillo (1964).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Vernon L. Smith ranks 46Before him are George Stigler (1911), Eugene Fama (1939), Christopher A. Sims (1942), Robert C. Merton (1944), Robert Fogel (1926), and James Heckman (1944). After him are Jeffrey Sachs (1954), Robert F. Engle (1942), Walt Whitman Rostow (1916), Peter Diamond (1940), John Bates Clark (1847), and William F. Sharpe (1934).