William Beveridge

1879 - 1963

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William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge, (5 March 1879 – 16 March 1963) was a British economist and Liberal politician who was a progressive and social reformer who played a central role in designing the British welfare state. His 1942 report Social Insurance and Allied Services (known as the Beveridge Report) served as the basis for the welfare state put in place by the Labour government elected in 1945.He built his career as an expert on unemployment insurance. He served on the Board of Trade as Director of the newly created labour exchanges, and later as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Food. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Beveridge has received more than 470,482 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). William Beveridge is the 118th most popular economist (down from 97th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Bangladesh (down from 6th in 2019) and the most popular Economist.

William Beveridge is most famous for his report on the five giants of want, which was published in 1942. The report identified five "giant evils" that were the major obstacles to achieving full employment: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease.

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Among economists, William Beveridge ranks 118 out of 315Before him are Lorenz von Stein, Kristalina Georgieva, Robert B. Wilson, Silvio Gesell, Thomas J. Sargent, and Rudolf Hilferding. After him are Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi, Finn E. Kydland, Thomas Schelling, Oskar Morgenstern, George Stigler, and W. Arthur Lewis.

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Among people born in 1879, William Beveridge ranks 47Before him are Shunroku Hata, Boris Savinkov, Huda Sha'arawi, Knud Rasmussen, Margaret Sanger, and Wanda Landowska. After him are Paul Poiret, Max Schreck, Edward Steichen, Bedřich Hrozný, Hisaichi Terauchi, and Adolf Strauss. Among people deceased in 1963, William Beveridge ranks 39Before him are Józef Gosławski, Kurt Zeitzler, Oleg Penkovsky, Pedro Armendáriz, Karl Bühler, and Piero Manzoni. After him are Alois Hudal, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, William Carlos Williams, W. E. B. Du Bois, Sivananda Saraswati, and Eduard Spranger.

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In Bangladesh

Among people born in Bangladesh, William Beveridge ranks 7 out of 57Before him are Muhammad Yunus (1940), Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920), Atiśa (982), Abdul Hamid (1944), Jagadish Chandra Bose (1858), and Sheikh Hasina (1947). After him are Chandragupta I (250), Sri Chinmoy (1931), Zillur Rahman (1929), Ziaur Rahman (1936), Meghnad Saha (1893), and Begum Rokeya (1880).

Among ECONOMISTS In Bangladesh

Among economists born in Bangladesh, William Beveridge ranks 1After him are Fakhruddin Ahmed (1940).