Blaug: No History of Ideas, Please, We’re Economists

Mark Blaug (1927-2011)Mark Blaug (2001) “No History of Ideas, please, we’re Economists”,  Journal of Economic Perspectives, 15(1): páginas 145-164.

It is no secret that the study of the history of economic thought is held in low esteem by mainstream economists and sometimes openly disparaged as a type of antiquarianism. There is nothing new in this. Practically every commentator on the role of history of economic thought in modern economics in the last 30 years has lamented the steady decline of interest in the area since the end of World War II and its virtual disappearance from university curricula, not just at the graduate but sometimes even at the undergraduate level. The trend is more pronounced in the United States than in Europe but it is manifest just about everywhere.

However, along with fewer and fewer university courses in history of economic thought, there appear to be more and more scholars attending scholarly meetings in history of economic thought and publishing articles about the history of economic thought

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