Warren Samuels

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Warren Samuels
Born (1933-09-14)September 14, 1933
New York City, New York
Died August 17, 2011(2011-08-17) (aged 77)
Gainesville, Florida
Nationality American
Fields Economics,History of Economic Thought
Institutions Professor of Economics, Michigan State University
Alma mater Ph.D. in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Doctoral advisor Ed Witte
Doctoral students Steve Medema, Marianne F. Johnson
Known for History of economic thought, methodology of economics

Warren Joseph Samuels (September 14, 1933 – August 17, 2011[1]) was an American economist and historian of economic thought. He received a BBA from University of Miami, Miami, FL and obtained his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin–Madison. After holding academic posts in the University of Missouri, Georgia State University, Atlanta, and University of Miami, he was appointed Professor of Economics in Michigan State University in 1968, where he stayed until his retirement in 1998.

Warren Samuels made contributions to the history of economic thought and the methodology of economics. His work was inspired primarily by his "interest in generating greater clarity as to the economic role of government both in the history of economic thought and in contemporary economics".[2] He described himself as "a self-professed institutionalist (in a blend of several other schools)."[3]

Samuels received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Michigan State University. He was a founding member of the History of Economics Society, recipient of the Veblen-Commons Award from the Association for Evolutionary Economics and longtime editor of its Journal of Economic Issues.

Major publications

  • Erasing the Invisible Hand: Essays on an Elusive and Misused Concept in Economics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Essays on the History of Economics (with Willie Henderson, Kirk Johnson, and Marianne Johnson, 2004.
  • Economics, Governance and Law: Essays on Theory and Policy, 2002.
  • The Economy as a Process of Valuation (with Steven G. Medema and A. Allan Schmid), 1997.
  • Economic Thought and Discourse in the Twentieth Century (with Jeff Biddle and Thomas Patchak-Schuster), 1993.
  • Gardiner C. Means: Institutionalist and Post-Keynesian (with Steven G. Medema), 1990.
  • Pareto on Policy, 1974.
  • The Classical Theory of Economic Policy, 1966.


  1. "Warren J. Samuels Obituary".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Blaug (1999), p.976
  3. Samuels (2011), p. xix.

Secondary sources

  • M. Blaug (ed.) - Who's who in economics (3d edition), 1999.
  • Ross Emmett - Biography

External reference