Wade Hands’ research interests focus on topics in the history and philosophy of economics. He has written extensively on the history of consumer choice theory, particularly during the period 1930–1950 when Keynesian economic theory rose to prominence, as well as on other topics in the history of mid-20th century economic theory. He also has worked on topics in the philosophy of decision and choice theory. Hands’ books include Reflection without Rules: Economic Methodology and Contemporary Science Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Agreement on Demand: Consumer Theory in the Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2006), and the co-edited The Elgar Companion to Recent Economic Methodology (2011). Hands is past president of the History of Economics Society and co-editor of The Journal of Economic Methodology. Among other works, he wrote the book chapters “Did Milton Friedman’s Positive Methodology License the Formalist Revolution?” in The Methodology of Positive Economics: Reflections on the Milton Friedman Legacy (2009); and “The Rise and Fall of Walrasian Economics: The Keynesian Effect” (2012). Journal articles include “Paul Samuelson and Revealed Preference Theory,” in History of Political Economy (2014), and “Foundations of Revealed Preference Theory,” in the philosophy of science journal Erkenntnis (2013). He received an Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) Research Award for his work on “Paul Samuelson and the Keynesian Golden Age,” in 2010, and another INET grant for “Agents and Markets,” in 2014. Hands teaches economic theory, the history of economic thought, mathematical economics, and the philosophy of economics.
B.A., University of Houston, 1973; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University, 1977, 1981