The theoretical and empirical analysis of people’s values, judgments and decisions, incorporating psychological insights into models of economic behaviour, with policy applications to health, safety, environmental benefits and consumer welfare
About this Fellow
Roger Backhouse is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics at the University of Birmingham and Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has taught the history of economics in Birmingham since 1980, in Erasmus University since 2009, and in the University of Oporto since 1999, and has been an Invited Professor at the École normale supérieure de Cachan, and the University of Paris I. He has also taught at University College London, the University of Keele, and the University of Bristol. His current project is writing a two-volume intellectual biography of Paul Samuelson. It was supported by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship from 2011-14, at the end of which he took partial early retirement in order to finish it. He is also co-organizer of a project on recent turn towards applied economics and is involved in an ongoing project on the history of welfare economics. His work covers Keynes and the Keynesian revolution, the history of disequilibrium macroeconomics, the history of ideas on secular stagnation, historiography and the history of the social sciences since 1945. Backhouse, R.E., 2015, Revisiting Samuelson's Foundations of Economic Analysis, Journal of Economic Literature, 53(2), pp. 326-50. Backhouse, R.E., & Fontaine, P. (eds), 2014, A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Backhouse, R.E. & Boianovsky, M., 2013, Transforming Modern Macroeconomics: Searching for Disequilibrium Microfoundations, 1956-2003, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Backhouse, R.E. & Bateman, B.W., 2011, Capitalist Revolutionary: John Maynard Keynes, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. Backhouse, R.E., & Fontaine, P. (eds), 2010, The History of the Social Sciences Since 1945, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Backhouse, R.E., 2010, The Puzzle of Modern Economics: Science or Ideology? Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
- Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics, University of Birmingham; Part time Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics, University of Birmingham; Part time Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Birmingham, 1970 - 1970
Economic development and, in particular, technology choice and transfer; politics and development; economics of natural-resource abundance
Economic history of Europe, particularly the roots of technological progress and economic growth in Europe during the Industrial Revolution
Economic history; development of the world economy since AD 1000; the Great Divergence; international comparisons of productivity; wars and economic performance