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Economics of Simplism, or why some countries are rich and others poor

“The use of knowledge by one producer does not prevent its use by others. Thus there is no inherent reason that producers in poor countries cannot use the same knowledge as producers in rich countries. If the relevant knowledge is publicly available, poor countries … Continue reading

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Joan Robinson: Solutions offered by economists are no less delusory than those of the theologians

The brilliant Joan Robinson concludes her insightful book Economic Philosophy: “The neo-classical heritage still has a great influence, not only on the teaching of economics but in forming public opinion generally, or at least in providing public opinion with its … Continue reading

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Economics is an Imperial Science

George Stigler, a founding member of Mont Pelerin Society and a key preacher of neoliberal economics,  on what he proudly calls “economist-missionaries” (1984: 304) : “So economics is an imperial science: it has been aggressive in addressing central problems in a considerable number … Continue reading

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The Art of Central Banking

– “How does the central bank decide on interest rate? Taking all data together and using a formula?” – “This is art, not science.” (The Governor of the Central Bank of Israel Karnit Flug reveals the secret of monetarism and  economics … Continue reading

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No Reality, Please. We’re Economists.

Professor Mark Blaug (1927–22011) was a distinguished Dutch-born British economist and historian of economics.  Besides shorter periods in public service and in international organisations (such as UNESCO, ILO, World Bank), he has held academic appointments in several prestigious universities worlwide. … Continue reading

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Horses and Economics – from the horse’s mouth

Ely Devons, an English economist, once said at a meeting, “If economists wished to study the horse, they wouldn’t go and look at horses. They’d sit in their studies and say to themselves, ‘What would I do if I were a … Continue reading

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Camels, mathematics and the history of economics

“By 1935 economics entered into a mathematical epoch. It became easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a non-mathematical genius to enter into the pantheon of original theorist.”  Paul Samuelson (1976: 25) This sharp … Continue reading

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Robert Heilbroner: “The prestige accorded to mathematics in economics has given it rigor, but, alas, also mortis”

“Economics is not a scientific discipline like the natural sciences, and that no cumulative advance describes its changeful form over the years… The chapter we call modern economics, compared with earlier chapters of our discipline, is shallow and poor rather … Continue reading

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Paul Volcker: “The ‪‎economics‬ profession is in trouble… We need to pull economics back into the real world of Political Economy.”

Paul Volcker, the former  Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan (1979 – 1987), has led the Neoliberal-Monetarist breakthrough in the US economy. Although it is never too late to repent — this statement made by him in 2011 — it … Continue reading

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Gregory Mankiw: “Economic science is still a primitive body of ‪knowledge‬.”

From the horse’s mouth: Professor Gregory Mankiw (Chair of ‪Economics Department, ‪Harvard‬ University) on economics:  “The ‪‎economy‬ is complex, and economic science is still a primitive body of ‪‎knowledge‬.” From his op-ed in New York Times, March 22, 2014 *** Join the … Continue reading

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