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The Ten Most Influential Economists of All Time

The economy has a huge impact on the quality of our lives, those whom have had an effect on the policy adopted, how it functions and the economy's health remain influential both during their tenure and for generations after. Here the Complete University Guide draws up its list of those we consider the most influential economists of all time: 

1

Adam Smith 1723–1790   

You may recognise Adam Smith, he’s the chap on the back of your £20 note. Educated at the University of Glasgow at the age of 14, he went on to pioneer political economy and is now deemed the ‘Father of Modern Economics’. Best known for his book The Wealth of Nations, in which Smith argued for free trade, market competition and the morality of private enterprise. The book still forms the foundation for economic policies around the world.