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The phrase “thought leader” is sometimes heard in economists’ conversations, a tag for someone whose work is especially influential, often within and between particular departments. It’s an elusive concept, popularized in a larger sphere by TED talks to the point of brutal parody. Yet I know a thought leader when I see one, at least in the fields that I cover. Among historians of economics, the thought leader of the last generation was Philip Mirowski.  The thought leader of the next is Beatrice Cherrier. Mirowski burst upon the scene in 1989, with the publication of More Heat than Light: Economics