F. A. Hayek’s influence on Nobel Prize winners

  • David B. SkarbekEmail author


F.A. Hayek’s broad research program has led some to conclude that his impact on economics has been minimal. This citation study examines the frequency of Nobel laureates cited by other laureates in the official Prize Lectures to understand how elite economists influence other elite economists. It finds that Hayek is the second most frequently mentioned laureate in the Prize Lectures, and he has the second most publication citations of the laureates. Hayek’s influence on the top tier of economists is substantial.


Nobel Laureates Influence on the profession 

JEL codes

B30 B31 



The author thanks Peter Boettke, Christopher Coyne, David Levy, and Emily Schaeffer for helpful comments. He gratefully acknowledges generous research support from the Mercatus Center.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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