Thorstein Bunde Veblen (July 30, 1857 - August 3, 1929) was an American economist and sociologist.
Educated at Carleton College, Johns Hopkins University and Yale University, his most famous work, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899) is a biting satire directed at the leisure class.
He coined the widely used phrases "conspicuous consumption" and "pecuniary emulation".
Veblen made his home in Nerstrand, Minnesota. Veblen's ideas inspired Technocracy, Inc.
- The Instinct of Workmanship and the Irksomeness of Labor, 1898
- The Theory of the Leisure Class: an economic study of institutions, 1899
- Theory of Business Enterprise, 1904
- The Instincts of Worksmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts, 1914
- The Higher Learning In America: A Memorandum On the Conduct of Universities By Business Men, 1918