Mark Blaug: Rebel with Many Causes
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Mark Blaug: Rebel with Many Causes

Edited by Marcel Boumans and Matthias Klaes

This collection of eminent contributions discusses the ideas and works of Mark Blaug, who has made important and often pioneering contributions to economic history, economic methodology, the economics of education, development economics, cultural economics, economic theory and the history of economic thought. Besides these assessments of Blaug’s influence and impact in these fields, this volume also contains a selection of personal portraits which depict him as a colleague, a friend and an opponent. Blaug was also a voracious reader and prolific writer, which is clearly evidenced by the comprehensive bibliography.
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Chapter 5: Remembering Mark Blaug

Thomas Mayer


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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