Economist whose scholarly work led to the development of social choice theory. His work popularized and drew upon the theories of Ronald Coase and Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
He studied economics, politics, physics, and mathematics at the University of Glasgow.
He taught at University College of North Wales and the Dundee School of Economics and held visiting professorships at several American universities.
He grew up in a lower-class family in Motherwell, Scotland.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen worked on social choice theory, a field of inquiry that Black helped to bring about.