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Mark Blaug

Mark Blaug
Born 3 April 1927
The Hague, Netherlands
Died 18 November 2011(2011-11-18) (aged 84)
Dartmouth, Devon, United Kingdom
Nationality British (naturalised 1982)
Institution University of Buckingham
Field Economist
Alma mater Columbia University
Influences George Stigler
Awards Fellow of the British Academy (FBA)

Mark Blaug FBA (3 April 1927 – 18 November 2011) was a Dutch-born British economist (naturalised in 1982), who has covered a broad range of topics over his long career.[1]


  • Life and work 1
  • Selected publications 2
  • Honours 3
  • Further reading 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Life and work

In 1955 Blaug received his PhD from 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


  • Blaug, Mark (1958). Ricardian economics: a historical study (volume 8 of Yale studies in economics) (1st ed.). New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. 
Reprinted as: Blaug, Mark (2012). Ricardian economics: a historical study (volume 8 of Yale studies in economics). Whitefish, MT: Literary Licensing, LLC.  
Review: Spiegel, Henry W. (January 1959). "Ricardian economics: a historical study (book review)". The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Sage) 321 (1): 197–198.  
  • Blaug, Mark (1962). Economic theory in retrospect (1st ed.). Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. 
Revised as: Blaug, Mark (1997). Economic theory in retrospect (5th ed.). Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press.  
  • Blaug, Mark (1980). The methodology of economics, or, How economists explain. Cambridge England New York: Cambridge University Press.  
Revised as: Blaug, Mark (1992). The methodology of economics, or, how economists explain. Cambridge New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.  
  • Blaug, Mark (1986). Economic history and the history of economics. Brighton: Wheatsheaf.  
  • Blaug, Mark (1986). Great economists before Keynes: an introduction to the lives & works of one hundred great economists of the past. Brighton: Wheatsheaf.  
  • Blaug, Mark (1990). Economic theories, true or false?: essays in the history and methodology of economics. Aldershot, Hants, England Brookfield, Vt., USA: Edward Elgar Publishing Gower Publishing Co.  
  • Blaug, Mark;  
  • Blaug, Mark (1997). Not only an economist: recent essays by Mark Blaug. Cheltenham, UK Brookfield, Vermont, US: Edward Elgar Publishing Co.  
  • Blaug, Mark; Sturges, Rodney P. (1999). Who's who in economics. Cheltenham, UK Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.  

Chapters in books

  • Sen, Amartya (2012), "Development as capability expansion", in  
  • Blaug, Mark (2005), "The social sciences: economics (volume 27)", in  

Journal articles

  • Blaug, Mark (May–June 1998). "Disturbing currents in modern economics". Challenge (M.E. Sharpe Inc. – JSTOR) 41 (3): 11–34.  
  • Blaug, Mark (Winter 2001). "No history of ideas, please, we're economists". Journal of Economic Perspectives (American Economic Association) 15 (1): 145–164.  
Also available at JSTOR: link.


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).


  1. ^ "Weekly Philo economics: Mark Blaug (1927–2011) – New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science". Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^  

External links

  • "A Conversation with Mark Blaug" (flv). Visiting Erskine Fellow University of Canterbury 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
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