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Economics (3rd edition): Making sense of the Modern Economy by Saugato Datta

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11 Emerging economists

International bright young things

The next generation of economists do their best work somewhere between the field clinic and the dissection room

IN 1998 The Economist wrote about eight young economists who were making a big splash in their discipline and beyond. One of them, Paul Krugman, won the Nobel prize for his models of international trade and economic geography. Ten years later we tried to repeat the trick, identifying another eight young stars, many of whom were taking their discipline far off-piste. One has since achieved even greater fame than anticipated. Steven Levitt of the University of Chicago became a household name as co-author of “Freakonomics”, a bestselling book published in 2005.

“Freakonomics” owed ...

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