Professor Roger E. Backhouse publishes new book ‘Founder of Modern Economics: Paul A. Samuelson’

Professor Roger E. Backhouse has written a book about the revolutionary thinker in economics: Paul A. Samuelson. The book is entitled ‘Founder of Modern Economics: Paul A. Samuelson’, and it is published by Oxford University Press.

About the book

In ‘Founder of Modern Economics’, Roger E. Backhouse explores the central importance of Samuelson's personality and social networks to understanding his intellectual development.

Backhouse traces Samuelson's thinking from his early days to the publication of his groundbreaking books ‘Foundations of Economic Analysis’ and ‘Economics: An Introductory Analysis’, which influenced generations of students. His work set the stage for economics to become a more cohesive and coherent discipline, based on mathematical techniques that provided surprising insights into many important topics, from business cycles to wage and unemployment rates, and from how competition influences trade to how tax rates affects tax collection.

‘Founder of Modern Economics’ is a profound contribution to understanding how modern economics developed and the thinking of a revolutionary thinker.

Review in The Economist

The Economist published a review about Roger E. Backhouse’s new book. Read the article here.

About Roger E. Backhouse

Roger E. Backhouse is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics at the University of Birmingham. At the faculty of Philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam he is professor occupying an endowed chair in Methodology and History of Economics.


Publication date: 15 September 2017