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Definition of economist

1 archaic : one who practices economy
2 : a specialist in economics

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Economists are predicting rapid inflation.
Recent Examples on the Web Florida’s tourism industry will be the slowest sector to emerge from the recession caused by the coronavirus, dragging down the overall economy, the state’s top economist told lawmakers Thursday. Steven Lemongello,, "Florida tourism will take up to three years to recover from COVID-19, state economist predicts," 10 Sep. 2020 Some areas do better in La Nina, some places to better in El Nino, and others do best in a neutral ENSO, said Texas A&M University agricultural economist Bruce McCarl, who studies ENSO effects. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "Q&A: La Nina may bring more Atlantic storms, western drought," 10 Sep. 2020 The study, authored by Kim and Pierre Azoulay (professor at MIT), Benjamin Jones (professor at Northwestern Kellogg), and Javier Miranda (economist at US Census), was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Immigrant entrepreneurs create more jobs than their American counterparts," 9 Sep. 2020 Israel’s Finance Ministry sees potential for annual bilateral trade starting at $2 billion and building up to $6.5 billion once cooperation matures, according to deputy chief economist Lev Drucker. Ivan Levingston,, "Israel Sees $6.5 Billion in Trade as UAE Peace Talks Start," 31 Aug. 2020 The ability to attract venture capital like this is a big deal for the community, said Damon Runberg, Oregon Employment Department regional economist. Suzanne Roig, oregonlive, "Dutchie, cannabis e-commerce company in Bend, snags record $35 million investment," 25 Aug. 2020 But some workers may have opted against filing for unemployment due to the expiration of the extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits last month, noted PNC chief economist Gus Faucher. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Jobless claims fall below 1 million for the first time since March," 13 Aug. 2020 Connecticut’s unemployment rate averaged 9.2% over the past three months, but the state’s economist indicates that the unemployment rate is actually between 16% and 17%. Stephen Singer,, "Connecticut’s unemployment benefits extended 7 weeks as state’s jobless rate remains high," 4 Aug. 2020 One of the studies, by University of Virginia economist John McLaren, found that the racial discrepancy remained even after controlling for income or insurance rates. David Harrison, WSJ, "Public Transit Use Is Associated With Higher Coronavirus Death Rates, Researchers Find," 28 June 2020

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First Known Use of economist

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Economist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of economist

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

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