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 covered a broad range of topics during his long career.[1]

Life and work

In 1955 Blaug 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


Reprinted as: Blaug, Mark (2012). Ricardian economics: a historical study (volume 8 of Yale studies in economics). Whitefish, MT: Literary Licensing, LLC. ISBN 9781258447861. 
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. doi:10.1177/000271625932100176. 
Revised as: Blaug, Mark (1997). Economic theory in retrospect (5th ed.). Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521577014. 
Revised as: Blaug, Mark (1992). The methodology of economics, or, how economists explain. Cambridge New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521436786. 

Chapters in books

Journal articles

Also available at JSTOR: link.


Further reading


  1. "Weekly Philo economics: Mark Blaug (1927–2011) – New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  2. The University of Buckingham (2007). Professor Mark Blaug. Author.
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