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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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The disappointing trade data reflect weaker global demand and distortions from the Lunar New Year holiday, said economists, who were expecting a far smaller drop for February. ... WSJ, "Chinese Exports Plunge as Slowdown Deepens," 8 Mar. 2019 Bill Sprigs is one of the most thoughtful people, is an economist, was for Obama. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley congressman Ro Khanna explains his ‘internet bill of rights’," 6 Oct. 2018 Most economists — Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro is a notable exception — say no. Paul Wiseman And Christopher Rugaber, USA TODAY, "Trump's tariffs: A closer look at what they are and how they will work," 9 July 2018 Most economists — Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro is a notable exception — say no. Paul Wiseman And Christopher Rugaber,, "Trump's tariffs: What they are and how they will work," 9 July 2018 Charlie Chesbrough, Cox Automotive senior economist, cited several issues that could push consumers to embrace used cars. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "In the market for a used car? Tariff talks might benefit you," 27 June 2018 Paul Krugman, a Nobel laureate economist, wrote on Twitter on June 19., "Using Game Theory to Explain the U.S.-China Spat," 21 June 2018 SFFA’s filing includes a report by Peter Arcidiacono, a Duke University economist, that delves into the process by which Harvard rates applicants in five main categories: academic, extracurricular, athletic, personal, and overall. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Harvard's Impossible Personality Test," 19 June 2018 Business groups and economists saw Friday’s surprise announcement of further talks this week as a sign that the two counties were making progress. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline," 19 Feb. 2019

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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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