E. Roy Weintraub
Born (1943-03-22) March 22, 1943 (age 77)
InstitutionDuke University
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
InfluencesSidney Weintraub (father)
Lawrence Klein
Herbert Wilf

Eliot Roy Weintraub (/ˈwntrɑːb/; born March 22, 1943) is an American mathematician, economist, and, since 1976, professor of economics at Duke University.[1] He was born in 1943 in New York City.[2][3]


Weintraub has published numerous articles in professional journals and other edited volumes. His teaching and research have traced the connection between mathematics and economics at technical, methodological or historical, and micro and macro levels.[4] A broad theme of later work has been the transformation of economics from a historical to a mathematical discipline, as in General Equilibrium Analysis (1985),[5] Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge (1991),[6] How Economics Became a Mathematical Science (2002).,[7] and "Finding Equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the Problem of Scientific Credit" co-authored with Till Düppe (2014).[8] The latter was awarded the 2016 Joseph J. Spengler prize for best book by the history of economics society.[9]

He also wrote for and edited Towards a History of Game Theory (1993)[10] and more recently two historiographic volumes.[11] His books have been variously translated into Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, Hungarian, and Italian.

Currently he is Associate Editor of the journals History of Political Economy and the Economics Bulletin, and Co-Editor of the book series Science and Cultural Theory.

He has held visiting positions at the University of Hawaii, UCLA, the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Bristol, and the University of Venice. At Duke he was Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Economics from 1972 to 1983, Chair of that department from 1983 to 1987, Acting Director of the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences in 1987, Director of the Center for Social and Historical Studies of Science from 1995–1999, and has twice chaired the Academic Council. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has served terms on the Advisory Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure, the Academics Priorities Committee, the Faculty Compensation Committee, and has chaired the President's Advisory Committee on Resources. He served for many years as a pre-major advisor and a teacher of first-year seminars, and has been Director of the Honors Program for the Department of Economics, and Faculty Fellow in the former Edens Federation for Residential Life.

Weintraub has been one of the few economists awarded a fellowship year (1988–9) by the National Humanities Center. His subject was "The Creation of Modern Economics: 1935–1955".[12] In 1992 he won the Howard Johnson Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. He was president of the History of Economics Society in 2003–2004[13] and was honored by the Society as a Distinguished Fellow in 2011.[14]

A native of the Philadelphia area, Weintraub received an A.B. degree (1964, mathematics) from Swarthmore College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (1967 and 1969, applied mathematics) from the University of Pennsylvania. His Ph.D. thesis advisors were Lawrence Klein and Herbert Wilf.

He joined the Duke University faculty in 1970 following a first academic position at Rutgers University. He lives with his family in Durham, North Carolina.

E. Roy Weintraub is the son of the economist Sidney Weintraub.[1]


  1. ^ a b • John Lodewijks, 2002. "Roy Weintraub's Contribution to the History of Economics," in S. G. Medema and W. J. Samuels, ed., Historians of Economics and Economic Thought: The Construction of Disciplinary Memory, Routledge, pp. 316–7 [pp. 315 -28.
       • Mark Blaug, 1999. Who's Who in Economics, 3d edition.
  2. ^ Blaug, Mark; Sturges, Paul (1986). Who's who in economics: a biographical dictionary of major economists, 1700-1986 - Mark Blaug - Google Books. ISBN 9780262022569. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  3. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  4. ^ As at:
       • 1982. Mathematics for Economists: An Integrated Approach, Cambridge. Description and preview.
       • 1971. "Stochastic Stability of a General Equilibrium System under Adaptive Expectations" (with Stephen J. Turnovsky), International Economic Review, 12(1), pp. 71–86.
       • 1974. General Equilibrium Theory, Macmillan Studies in Economics.
       • 1975. Conflict and Cooperation in Economics, Macmillan Studies in Economics.
       • 1977. "The Microfoundations of Macroeconomics: A Critical Survey," Journal of Economic Literature, 15(1), pp. 1–23.
       • 1979. Microfoundations: The Compatibility of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Cambridge University Press. Description and preview.
       • 1983. "On the Existence of a Competitive Equilibrium: 1930–1954," Journal of Economic Literature, 21(1), pp. 1–39.
       • 2008. "mathematics and economics," The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition. Abstract.
       • 1994. "The Pure and the Applied: Bourbakism Comes to Mathematical Economics" (with Philip Mirowski), Science in Context, 7(2), pp. 245–72. Abstract.
       • 1998. "Controversy: Axiomatisches Mißverständnis," Economic Journal, 108(451), pp. 1837–1847.
       • 1999. "How Should We Write the History of Twentieth-Century Economics?" Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 15(4), pp. 139–152 Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine.
       • 1989. "Methodology Doesn't Matter, but the History of Thought Might," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 91(2), pp. 477–493.
  5. ^ 1985. General Equilibrium Analysis: Studies in Appraisal, Michigan. Description and preview.
  6. ^ 1991. Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge, Cambridge. Description and chapter-preview links,
  7. ^ 2002. How Economics Became a Mathematical Science, Duke University Press. Description Archived 2010-07-29 at the Wayback Machine, preview, and review Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine extract.
  8. ^ 2014. Finding Equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the Problem of Scientific Credit, Princeton University Press. [1].
  9. ^ Joseph J. Spengler Best Book Prize - Award Recipients [2].
  10. ^ 1993. Towards a History of Game Theory (ed.), Cambridge. chapter-preview and preview links.
  11. ^ • 2002. The Future of the History of Economics (ed.), Duke. Contents.
       • 2007. Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics (ed. with Evelyn Forget), Duke. Description Archived 2012-09-02 at the Wayback Machine and contents.
  12. ^ National Humanities Center, Fellowships Archived June 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ History of Economics Society, Presidents Emeriti Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ History of Economics Society, Distinguished Fellow Award Archived 2011-12-21 at the Wayback Machine and 2011 Citation Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine.