Deirdre McCloskey

Distinguished Professor of Economics, History and English

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1970


Fields of Interest : 
Capitalism; Statistical Practice; Literature and Economics; Philosophy of Economics; Quantitative Economic History; Ethical Philosophy; Feminist Economics

Selected Research:
[with S. Ziliak] The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives.  University of Michigan Press.  2007 

The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce. 2006 

The Secret Sins of Economics.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press. 

How to Be an Economist*  *Though Human.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000. 

Measurement and Meaning in Economics: The Essential Deirdre McCloskey. Edward Arnold, S. Ziliak, ed., 2001. 

Current Research Interests: 
The history of ethical thinking in and about the middle class, 1600 to the present

The loss of oomph in some sciences (economics, medicine) and its consequences

Other Significant Accomplishments:
Guggenheim Fellow, 1983

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Lecturer, 1993

President, Economic History Association, 1996-97; Midwest Economic Association, 1992

Eastern Economic Association, 2003

Social Science History Association, 1990 

Visiting Professor:
Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Australian National University 
University of York
University of Manchester
University of London

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