Chapter 5: Remembering Mark Blaug
Mark Blaug and I were undergraduates together at Queens College (one of the colleges maintained by the City of New York), but we never took any economics courses together because we overlapped for only a short period. But we did meet in a speech course, one of the many courses Queens College required of all students. Even in such a course it was obvious that Mark was very bright, very ambitious and self-confident. We both then enrolled at Columbia University, but we did not overlap. Mark must have made – as one would expect of someone of his caliber – an outstanding impression at Columbia since, despite a terrible job market for young economists in the early 1950s, he obtained an assistant professorship at Yale. At Yale he built a brilliant reputation as an historian of economic thought. I did not again meet Mark, who was quite famous by then, until the 1980s when we both served on the editorial board of the Cambridge Surveys of Economic Literature. By this time we had both developed a strong interest in methodology, an active interest on Mark’s part, and a more passive interest on mine. When I later took a more active interest in methodology Mark’s comments and guidance were extremely helpful. His The Methodology of Economics (1980) was an eye-opener to me.
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