Roger Edward Backhouse, FBA (born 19 January 1951) is a British economist, economic historian and academic. Since 1996, he has been Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics at the University of Birmingham.[1]

Backhouse is an Associate Editor of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2008) and is also Book Review Editor of the Economic Journal, an editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought.

Backhouse is a noted scholar in the history of economics and economic methodology and has published in the economics of Keynes,[2] disequilibrium macroeconomics, and the history of recent (post-1945) social science.[3][4] In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[5]

His approach to the History of Economic Thought has been reviewed by E. Roy Weintraub.[6]

Qualifications: B.Sc. in Economics and Economic History (University of Bristol); Ph.D. in Economics (University of Birmingham).

Selected publications


  1. ^ "Backhouse, Prof. Roger Edward", Who's Who (online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2017). Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Capitalist Revolutionary — Roger E. Backhouse, Bradley W. Bateman | Harvard University Press". Retrieved 8 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Backhouse, Roger E; Medema, Steven G (1 March 2009). "Retrospectives: On the Definition of Economics". Journal of Economic Perspectives. 23: 221–233. doi:10.1257/jep.23.1.221. Retrieved 8 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  5. ^ "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Journal of the History of Economic Thought (1992), 14:271-277 Cambridge University Press On Roger E. Backhouse's “How Should We Approach the History of Economic Thought, Fact, Fiction or Moral Tale?” Comment: Thicker is Better E. Roy Weintraub