econ·o·mist | \i-ˈkä-nə-mist \

Definition of economist 

1 archaic : one who practices economy

2 : a specialist in economics

Examples of economist in a Sentence

Economists are predicting rapid inflation.

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By that measure, a third of Indians are poor, economist Surjit Bhalla estimated in a recent article. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "India is no longer home to the largest number of poor people in the world. Nigeria is.," 10 July 2018 The country’s industrial output, retail sales and investment all fell below forecasts last month and economists predict that the trade conflict could cut as much as half a percentage point from annual economic growth., "China Begins to Question Whether It’s Ready for a Trade War," 26 June 2018 The import data look more downbeat after stripping out the effect of higher prices for many imports, said Julian Evans-Pritchard, an economist with Capital Economics. WSJ, "China’s Trade Surplus With U.S. Hits Record as Fight Intensifies," 13 July 2018 Uber provided such detailed data that researchers were able to fully account for the causes behind the ride-hailing service's gender pay gap, said John List, an economist at the University of Chicago and one of the paper's co-authors. Author: Miranda Moore, Anchorage Daily News, "One reason for Uber’s gender pay gap: Men drive faster," 10 July 2018 Manisha Srivastava, an economist at the state Office of Policy and Management, wrote in the latest issue of the Connecticut Economic Digest. Stephen Singer,, "Report: Losses in Manufacturing, Finance Drove Connecticut's Economic Decline," 6 July 2018 But the idea that weed control is a collective problem requiring collective action emerged relatively recently, says George Frisvold, an agricultural and resource economist at the University of Arizona, who was not involved in the new review. Brooke Borel, Scientific American, "Weeds Are Winning the War against Herbicide Resistance," 18 June 2018 Instead, Harvard sought its own study from David Card, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, who found no evidence of discrimination against Asian-Americans. CBS News, "Harvard accused of ranking Asian-American applicants lowest on "personal qualities"," 15 June 2018 Two economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and one from Indiana University recently attempted to locate team chemistry by finding places where existing performance metrics fall short. Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of economist

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of economist

What It Is

An economist is a social scientist devoted to the study of the relationship between human behavior and supply and demand.

How It Works

The study of economics is generally divided into two areas: microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is the study of individual company and consumer behavior. Macroeconomics is the study of the broad economy and its indicators. Both microeconomics and macroeconomics heavily consider the effects of government activity. Economists can further specialize in several disciplines.

Economists subscribe to several schools of economic thought, each of which has a unique set of ideas and explanations about economic situations and policies. Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx are prominent examples of economists who have established new schools of economic thought.

Why It Matters

Although economists frequently predict and explain the financial outcomes of certain decisions or events, these financial outcomes are often part of a wider social response. This is why economists frequently incorporate political, cultural, geographical and other factors into their studies.

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English Language Learners Definition of economist

: a person who studies or specializes in economics (sense 1)

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