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Andrei Shleifer (pronounced /ˈʃlaɪfəʁ/) (born February 20, 1961) is a Russian American economist. In 1999, Shleifer was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded every two years to the most promising US economist under 40, for his seminal works on corporate finance (corporate governance, law and finance), the economics of financial markets (deviations from efficient markets), and the economics of transition, despite being a key adviser in the corrupt privitisation of Russia in the 1990's. He is currently ranked the second most influential economist in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc, and is listed #1 in the category "Most-Cited Scientists in Economics & Business".