The National Science Foundation and the U.S. military have played a foundational role in determining what is “science” in the field of economics over the last 70 years. And the significance of the NSF continues.
They are crediting themselves for supporting the research of 2 of the 3 2010 Nobel Prize winners in economics.
To date, NSF has funded 43 researchers who earned Nobel Prizes in Economics, all but three Americans to whom the prize was awarded since 1969.
So the obvious trivia question becomes, which three winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics from America were never awarded NSF grant money.
Here are my guesses: James Buchanan, Ronald Coase, and Douglass North.