Bruce J. Caldwell

Bruce J. Caldwell

Research Professor of Economics

External Address: 
07G Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-6896

Professor Caldwell's research focuses on the history of economic thought, with a specific interest in the life and works of F. A. Hayek. He is the general editor of "The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek," which is published by the University of Chicago Press and Routledge. Within this series, he has recently edited "The Market and Other Orders" (2015). He is currently working on a family-authorized biography of Hayek. For this work he has received the Ludwig Lachmann Fellowship from the London School of Economics (2012-2015) and a grant from the Thomas Smith Foundation (2016-2018). He is the Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy, a center whose purpose is to promote research in, and the teaching of, the history of economic thought.  The Center has received grants from a variety of sources, among them the National Endowment for the Humanities (2010, 2013, 2016), the John W. Pope Foundation (2008-present), the Institute for New Economic Thinking (2011-2013), and the Thomas W. Smith Foundation (2011-17).


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 1979

Caldwell, B. “Keynes and hayek.” History of Political Economy 51, no. 1 (February 1, 2019): 89–94. Full Text

Caldwell, B. “F. A. Hayek and the economic calculus.” History of Political Economy 48, no. 1 (March 1, 2016): 151–80. Full Text

Caldwell, B. “Hayek's Nobel.” Advances in Austrian Economics 21 (January 1, 2016): 1–19. Full Text

Caldwell, B., and L. Montes. “Friedrich Hayek and his visits to Chile.” Review of Austrian Economics 28, no. 3 (September 13, 2015): 261–309. Full Text

Caldwell, B. “George Soros: Hayekian?Journal of Economic Methodology 20, no. 4 (December 1, 2013): 350–56. Full Text

Caldwell, B. “Remembering mark blaug,” November 29, 2013, 21–26. Full Text

Caldwell, B. “Of Positivism and the History of Economic Thought.” Southern Economic Journal 79, no. 4 (April 2013): 753–67. Full Text Open Access Copy

Caldwell, B. “Studies on the abuse and decline of reason: Text and documents.” Studies on the Abuse and Decline of Reason: Text and Documents 13 (January 1, 2013): 1–331. Full Text

Caldwell, B. “Keynes and Hayek: Some commonalities and differences.” Journal of Private Enterprise 27, no. 1 (December 12, 2011): 1–7.


Hayek, F. A., and B. Caldwell. The market and other orders. Vol. 15, 2014.

Caldwell, B. J., ed. Studies on the Abuse and Decline of Reason. Vol. 13. University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Caldwell, B. J. Hayek's Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F. A. Hayek. University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Caldwell, B. J. Beyond Positivism: Economic Methodology in the Twentieth Century. London: Routledge, 1994.

Caldwell, B. “Popper and hayek: Who influenced whom?” In Karl Popper: A Centenary Assessment, 1:111–24, 2019.

Caldwell, B. “Reflecting on beyond positivism at thirty-five.” In Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, 36A:81–90, 2018. Full Text

Caldwell, B. “Insights from Friedrich Hayek.” In The Economic Crisis in Retrospect: Explanations by Great Economists, 135–60, 2013. Full Text

Goodwin, C., E. R. Weintraub, K. D. Hoover, and B. Caldwell. “John maynard keynes of bloomsbury: Four short talks,” February 1, 2019. Open Access Copy

Selected Grants

The Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University awarded by John William Pope Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2021

Hoover Institution Fellowship to Professor Bruce Caldwell awarded by Hoover Institution (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020

Center for the History of Political Economy awarded by Thomas W. Smith Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2019

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

2014 Earhart Support for HOPE Center Fellowships awarded by Earhart Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015

The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek awarded by Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015

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

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