E. Roy Weintraub

Professor Emeritus of Economics

External Address: 
07D Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1838


Professor Weintraub's current research interests include, and his current projects involve, issues in the historiography of economics particularly the role of biography, autobiography, and letters, and the history of the interconnection between mathematics and economics in the 20th century.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1969

  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania 1967

  • B.A., Swarthmore College 1964

Selected Grants

Summer Institute on the History of Political Economy awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Faculty Member). 2015 to 2016

Teaching the History of Political Economy awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Faculty Member). 2012 to 2013

Teaching the History of Political Economy awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Faculty Member). 2009 to 2010

Weintraub, ER. MIT and the Transformation of American Economics. Durham: Duke University Press, December 2014.

Weintraub, ER. How Economics Became a Mathematical Science. Duke University Press, May 28, 2002.

Weintraub, ER. Toward a History of Game Theory. Duke University Press, 1992.

Weintraub, ER. Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge. Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Weintraub, ER. General Equilibrium Analysis: Studies in Appraisal. Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Weintraub, ER. Mathematics for Economists An Integrated Approach. Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Weintraub, ER. Microfoundations The Compatibility of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Cambridge University Press, February 28, 1979.


Weintraub, ER. "A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences." JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT 39.3 (September 2017): 401-405. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters." Journal of American History 101.3 (December 1, 2014): 969-970. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "The Microfoundations Delusion: Metaphor and Dogma in the History of Macroeconomics." HISTORY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY 46.2 (2014): 352-356.

Weintraub, ER. "The Dissemination of Economic Ideas." HISTORY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY 45.3 (2013): 563-565. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Roads to Wisdom: Conversations with Ten Nobel Laureates in Economics." HISTORY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY 44.2 (2012): 383-384. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Review of Discovery -- A Memoir, by Vernon L. Smith." Constitutional Political Economy 21 (2010): 97-99.


Weintraub, ER. "MIT's Openness to Jewish Economists." January 1, 2014. 45-59. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Interview with E. Roy Weintraub." The Art and Practice of Economics Research: Lessons from Leading Minds. Ed. S Bowmaker. 2012. (Chapter)

Weintraub, ER. "Microfoundations." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. WA Darity. Macmillian Reference USA, 2008. (Chapter)

Weintraub, ER. "Economists Talking with Economists: An Historian's Perspective." Inside the Economist's Mind: The History of Modern Economic Thought as Explained by Those Who Produced It. Ed. W Barnett and P Samuelson. Blackwell, 2007. (Chapter)

Weintraub, ER. "A Personal Afterword." Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics. Ed. ER Weintraub and EL Forget. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2007. 367-370. (Afterword)

Weintraub, ER. ""Axiomatization, "Formalism" and "General Equilibrium"." Enciclopedia Filosofica, Fondazione centro studi filosofici di gallarate: Padova, Italy. Ed. S Cremaschi. Milano, Italy: Edizioni Bompiani, 2006. (Chapter)

Weintraub, ER. "Will Economics Ever have a Past Again?." The Future of the History of Economics. Ed. ER Weintraub. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002. 1-14. (Chapter)

Weintraub, ER. "Measurement, and Changing Images of Mathematical Knowledge." The Age of Economic Measurement. Ed. JL Klein and MS Morgan. Duke University Press, 2001. 303-312. (Chapter)


Weintraub, ER. "Game Theory and Cold War Rationality: A Review Essay." Journal of Economic Literature 55.1 (March 2017): 148-161. Full Text Open Access Copy

Weintraub, ER. "Paul Samuelson's Historiography: More Wag Than Whig." History of Political Economy 48.2 (June 2016): 349-363. (Working Paper) Full Text Open Access Copy

Duppe, T, and Weintraub, ER. "Losing Equilibrium: On the Existence of Abraham Wald's Fixed-Point Proof of 1935." History of Political Economy 48.191 (July 27, 2015): 635-655. Open Access Copy

Düppe, T, and Weintraub, ER. "Siting the New Economic Science: The Cowles Commission's Activity Analysis Conference of June 1949." Science in Context 27.03 (September 2014): 453-483. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Keynesian Historiography and the Anti-Semitism Question." HISTORY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY 44.1 (2012): 41-67. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Retrospectives: Lionel W. McKenzie and the proof of the existence of a competitive equilibrium." Journal of Economic Perspectives 25.2 (2011): 199-215. Full Text

Weintraub, ER. "Lives of the Laureates: Twenty-Three Nobel Economists, 5th edition." HISTORY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY 42.4 (2010): 779-782. Full Text Open Access Copy

Giraud, Y, and Weintraub, ER. "Tilting at imaginary windmills: a comment on Tyfield." Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 2.1 (September 13, 2009): 52-52. Full Text

Weintraub, ER, and Giraud, Y. "Tilting at Imaginary Windmills." Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 2.1 (2009): 52-59. (Academic Article)

Weintraub, ER. "Economic science wars." Journal of the History of Economic Thought 29.3 (2007): 267-282. Full Text


Goodwin, C, Hoover, KD, Weintraub, ER, and Caldwell, B. "John Maynard Keynes of Bloomsbury: Four Short Talks." (February 24, 2009).

Weintraub, ER. "This Little Piggy Went to Paris." Pig Tales: the monthly publication of the North Carolina Barbeque Society (April 2010): 2-3. (Essay)

Weintraub, ER. "Translation of Chapter 6 of Stabilizing Dynamics (1991)." Ed. M Aladar. Kozgazasagtani Eszmetotrenet (2002). (Essay)

Weintraub, ER. "EconSoc Editorial: "We Need a Sociology of Mathematical Economics." Economics and Sociology Mail-List (February 2001). (Editorial Comment)

Weintraub, ER. "After Dinner Remarks Addressed to the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia." History of Economics Review 30 (1999): 181-183. (Scholarly Commentary)

Weintraub, ER. "What Defines a Legitimate Contribution to the Subdiscipline "History of Economics"?." History of Economics Society Mail List (1996). (Essay)