Mark Blaug

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Mark Blaug FBA (3 April 1927, The Hague, Netherlands – 18 November 2011, Dartmouth, United Kingdom), was a British economist (naturalised in 1982), who has covered a broad range of topics over his long career.1 In 1955 he received his PhD from Columbia University in New York under the supervision of George Stigler. Besides shorter periods in public service and in international organisations he has held academic appointments in – among others – Yale University, the University of London, the London School of Economics and the University of Buckingham. He was visiting Professor in the Netherlands, University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where he was also co-director of CHIMES (Center for History in Management and Economics).

Mark Blaug made far reaching contributions to a range of topics in economic thought throughout his career. Apart from valuable contributions to the economics of art and the economics of education, he is best known for his work in history of economic thought and the methodology of economics. Concerning methodological issues and the application of economic theory to a wide range of subjects from education to human capital, the "philosophy of science and the sweep of intellectual progress are fitting subjects to accommodate the breadth of Mark Blaug's interest."2

Selected publications

  • 1958. Ricardian Economics: A Historical Study. Yale University Press. Review extract.
  • 1962. Economic Theory in Retrospect, 5th revised edition, 1997. Cambridge University Press. Description & chapter links, pp. vii -xvi.
  • 1980. The Methodology of Economics, or How Economists Explain, revised edition, 1993. Cambridge. Description and preview.
  • 1986. Economic History and the History of Economics. New York University Press.
  • 1986. Great Economists Before Keynes: An Introduction to the Lives and Works of 100 Economists of the Past. Edward Elgar.
  • 1990. Economic Theories. True or False? Edward Elgar.
  • 1991. Appraising Economic Theories: Studies in the Methodology of Research Programs (ed. with Neil de Marchi). Duke University Press.
  • 1997. Not Only an Economist. Recent Essays.
  • 1998. Disturbing Currents in Modern Economics, Challenge, 41(3), pp. 11–34. Reprint.
  • 2001. No History of Ideas, Please, We're Economists, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 15(1), pp. 145–164.
  • 2007. The Social Sciences: Economics, The New Encyclopædia Britannica, v. 27, pp. 343–352.



  1. ^ "Weekly Philo economics: Mark Blaug (1927–2011) - New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science". Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  2. ^ The University of Buckingham (2007). Professor Mark Blaug. Author. ISBN Check |isbn= value (help). 

Further reading

  • "Mark Blaug". Erasmus Center for History in Management and Economics. Retrieved 28 February 2007. 
  • "Mark Blaug" (PDF). Universiteit van Amsterdam, CV. Retrieved 29 February 2008. 
  • Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 6, 3, Winter 2013: Special Issue in Honor of Mark Blaug (complete PDF).

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