We sent a survey to economics professors through out the United States, and 299 returned a completed survey. The survey asked about favorites in the following
- economic thinkers
- who wrote prior to the twentieth century
- of the twentieth century, now deceased
- alive today
- age 60 or over
- under the age of 60
- economics journals
- economics blogs
Other questions, as well, were asked, but it is those about favorites that make the focus of the present paper. We relate those responses to party-voting and a score on a policy index based on 17 policy questions.
First-place positions as favorite economist in their respective categories are Adam Smith (by far), John Maynard Keynes followed closely by Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, and Paul Krugman. For journals, the leaders are American Economic Review and Journal of Economic Perspectives. For blogs, the leaders are Greg Mankiw followed closely by Marginal Revolution (Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok).
Source: Econ Journal Watch