|Born||3 April 1927|
The Hague, Netherlands
|Died||18 November 2011 (aged 84)|
Dartmouth, Devon, United Kingdom
|Nationality||British (naturalised 1982)|
|Institution||University of Buckingham|
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Awards||Fellow of the British Academy (FBA)|
He was married to Ruth Towse.
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, the University of Exeter 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."
- In 1984 he was made a Foreign Honorary Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW).
- In 1988 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society.
- In 1989 he became an Elected Fellow of the British Academy.
- 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. 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. 321 (1): 197–198. doi:10.1177/000271625932100176.
- Blaug, Mark (1962). Economic theory in retrospect (1st 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. ISBN 9780521294379.
- Blaug, Mark (1986). Economic history and the history of economics. Brighton: Wheatsheaf. ISBN 9780745001302.
- Blaug, Mark (1986). Great economists before Keynes: an introduction to the lives & works of one hundred great economists of the past. Brighton: Wheatsheaf. ISBN 9780745001609.
- 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. ISBN 9781852783761.
- Blaug, Mark; de Marchi, Neil (1991). Appraising economic theories : studies in the methodology of research programs. Aldershot, Hants, England Brookfield, Vermont, US: Edward Elgar Publishing Co. ISBN 9781852785154.
- Blaug, Mark (1997). Not only an economist: recent essays by Mark Blaug. Cheltenham, UK Brookfield, Vermont, US: Edward Elgar Publishing Co. ISBN 9781858984551.
- Blaug, Mark; Sturges, Rodney P. (1999). Who's who in economics. Cheltenham, UK Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 9781858988863.
Chapters in books
- Sen, Amartya (2012), "Development as capability expansion", in Saegert, Susan; DeFilippis, James (eds.), The community development reader, New York: Routledge, ISBN 9780415507769
- Blaug, Mark (2005), "The social sciences: economics (volume 27)", in Goetz, Philip W.; MacHenry, Robert; Hoiberg, Dale H. (eds.), The New Encyclopædia Britannica (15th ed.), Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, pp. 343–352, ISBN 9781593392369
- Blaug, Mark (May – June 1998). "Disturbing currents in modern economics". Challenge. 41 (3): 11–34. JSTOR 40721829.
- Blaug, Mark (Winter 2001). "No history of ideas, please, we're economists". Journal of Economic Perspectives. 15 (1): 145–164. doi:10.1257/jep.15.1.145.
- Also available at JSTOR: link.
- 'Pioneers in Economics'. In 1991 and 1992 Blaug edited a series of fifty volumes, with reprints of journal articles on the history of economic thought, under the series title 'Pioneers in Economics'. The series was published by Edward Elgar Publishing.
- A Conversation With Mark Blaug
- "Weekly Philo economics: Mark Blaug (1927–2011) – New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science". Newappsblog.com. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- The University of Buckingham (2007). Professor Mark Blaug. Author. Archived from the original on 23 June 2007.
- For an overview of the 'Pioneers in Economics' series, see: this page on the website of Edgar Elgar.
- Backhouse, Roger E. (September 1993). "Portrait of a Discipline? Mark Blaug's Pioneers in Economics. A Review Article". The Manchester School. LXI (3): 302–313. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9957.1993.tb00238.x.(subscription required)
- "Mark Blaug". Erasmus Center for History in Management and Economics. Archived from the original on 13 July 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2007.
- "Mark Blaug" (PDF). Universiteit van Amsterdam, CV. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2008.
- Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 6, 3, Winter 2013: Special Issue in Honor of Mark Blaug (complete PDF).
- Boumans, Marcel; Klaes, Matthias, eds. (2013). Mark Blaug: Rebel with Many Causes. Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781783471232. ISBN 9781781955666. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
- "A Conversation with Mark Blaug" (flv). Visiting Erskine Fellow University of Canterbury 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2011.