Who are the most searched-for economists?

by on January 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm in Data Source, Economics, Web/Tech | Permalink

The list is here, and #1 not surprisingly is Paul Krugman.  Singh and Draghi are second and third respectively, followed by Bernanke and Sen.  I am pleased to have come in at #26.

For the pointer I thank David Friedman.

1 Rahul January 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Correction: “Singh and Draghi are second and third respectively”

2 GiT January 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Quite the boys club. That seems unfortunate.

3 Adam Smith January 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

What utter drivel. Alan Greenspaced, Ben Brokethebanke and Mervyn Kong (of QE)…economists!
Looks like an old boys club list to me? What about some ‘younger’ more interesting folk?

4 jimi January 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

This isn’t top economists, it’s “most searched”.

5 anti-Mon January 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Congrats! No. 26, mon!

6 GiT January 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

What’s drivel? The list or people’s search preferences?

7 Habibullah Khan January 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I think if it’s a case of most “influential” economists you blow at the Revolution will be in the top 5!

Not impressed by Krugman. The man lacks the humility that allows one’s greatness to evolve into legend.

8 Habibullah Khan January 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

blow= blokes 😛

9 Bill January 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Write an article about sex and economics and you too can be the most searched for economist.

10 joshua January 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Actually it looks like you are tied for #25. But apparently you have dropped from #20 the previous year, despite the release of your much-touted book. A tough market, it seems…

11 Joseph Ward January 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

What an honor! Thanks for the link and interest! I noticed that I had copied down #2 & #3 incorrectly and fixed it quickly soon after, but perhaps not fast enough. Anyways, it was not Dr. Cowen’s mistake, but mine.

12 Deman January 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Singh is now the Indian Prime Minister. Surely – the searches of a billion strong population searching for a prominent politician doesn’t equal searching for an economist per se.

13 Joseph Ward January 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I thought about that as well when considering whether to include Singh, Bernanke, etc. The fact is that he (Singh) is a trained economist (Oxford), and was published before he was Prime Minister. Before Bernanke became the Fed chair, he was probably the dominant academic monetary economist of the 1990’s. Individuals that have doctorates, masters, or even just bachelors in economics go into a myriad of careers. Not all of them become academic economists, and it seems unfair to exclude them because of their career paths.

14 Deman January 4, 2012 at 12:38 am

True and I agree to some extent. It is hard to draw a line especially as economics majors and graduates do tend to go into a variety of professions. But in this case searches for Singh are likely to be non-economic related, say compared to Bernanke or Sen – even though as a Prime Minister he may be the final arbiter of economic policy. If we take economics education alone as the criterion then shouldn’t we be including Mick Jagger too?

15 Rahul January 4, 2012 at 1:42 am

On Google Trends search terms “Tyler Cowen” comes up with “food” and “ethnic” on top; “economist” is a term way lower on the list.

16 CBBB January 4, 2012 at 1:42 am

Well maybe people are searching Cowen for his DC-Area Restaurant reviews

17 john January 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

At least you have been able to get #1 to acknowledge #26’s existence. Keep up the sniping..

18 Joseph Ormond January 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

I stopped reading Krugman regularly when NYT created their pay wall. You are much more interesting and informative

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