Levy Honored by History of Economics Society

by Rashad Mulla and Anne Reynolds

Levy Honored by History of Economics Society

David Levy, professor in the Department of Economics and director of the Center for Study of Public Choice, has been selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society. The organization bestows this honor upon outstanding scholars who have made significant contributions to the field of economics history. 

Levy’s research interests include the history of economic thought and econometrics, the application of mathematics and statistics to economic data. He has authored or co-authored four books, including, “The Economic Ideas of Ordinary People,” which was first published in 1991 and then republished in 2011. He co-authored an award-winning book, The “Vanity of the Philosopher,” alongside economic history scholar Sandra Peart (now the dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond). He has authored or co-authored 91 articles in his distinguished career, including the 2001 article, “The Secret History of the Dismal Science. Part I. Economics, Religion and Race in the 19th Century.”

Over the last 10 years, Levy and Peart have directed the Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought at the University of Richmond.

Levy has dedicated his career to the history of economics.

“In retrospect my most persistent project is to break down the distinction between the economic theorist and the ordinary person,” Levy wrote. “As the distinction between the two is very sharp in the modern discussion, I’ve looked to the past for insight.”

Currently, Levy and Peart are working on their new book, with the working title, “Economists as Advisors, Experts and Leaders: The Ethics.”

The History of Economics Society, with an international membership of more than 300, exists to promote the study of the history of economics, to advance discussion among scholars in the field, and to disseminate information about this area of study.

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