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A review of James Kwak’s Economism

A review of James Kwak’s Economism

I just finished reading James Kwak’s Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality. Here is a quick review of the book.[1] Imagine a first-year economics student. After attending six lectures in introductory economics, and carefully studying the first six chapters of his economics textbook, he gets comfortable with the basic supply-demand model. Bedazzled by the potential uses of this simple model and explanatory power of economics in general (looking at the covers of economics made fun books convinces him…

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Economics Students Review Rodrik’s Economics Rules

Economics Students Review Rodrik’s Economics Rules

Dani Rodrik’s excellent new book Economics Rules was one of the required readings for my Comparative Schools of Economic Thought course at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey). Below are some of the reviews written for this course. Enjoy!   Pietro Trevisan Volta: Dani Rodrik’s Economic Rules: Defending economics against economists? A critical review [PDF] Ipek Kavasoglu: From Weakness To Strength: A Review of Dani Rodrik’s “Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science” [PDF] Tucker Glotzbach: Critical Review of Economic Rules by Dani Rodrik [PDF] Berrak Kibar:…

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Using and Abusing Models in Economics: A Review of Rodrik’s Economics Rules

Using and Abusing Models in Economics: A Review of Rodrik’s Economics Rules

“There is much to criticize in economics, but there is also much to appreciate” Dani Rodrik (in Economics Rules, p. ix) Dani Rodrik’s new book Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science will be available soon. Here is an early quick review of the book. If you do not have much time, here is the main message of this review: Economics Rules is an excellent book; a must read for economists, philosophers of economics, and policy makers, and…

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CFP: INEM Conference

CFP: INEM Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS IX Conference of the International Network for Economic Method Friday-Saturday 2-3 September 2011 Helsinki, Finland The ninth INEM conference will be hosted by TINT at the University of Helsinki. Proposals for contributed papers as well as symposia are welcome in all areas of economic methodology and cognate disciplines.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics, Harold Kincaid and Don Ross (eds). Oxford University Press, 2009, xviii + 670 pages I just finished reading The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Economics. Reading it was a marathon… You know very few individuals read handbooks from the beginning to the end. Exceptions are some reviewers and students. Yet it is an interesting experience.  True, handbooks give you an interesting and thoughtful review of the state of the art concerning its subject…

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Review by Anna Alexandrova

Review by Anna Alexandrova

Here is the introduction to Anna Alexandrova‘s review of The Invisible Hand in Economics (forthcoming in Economics and Philosophy): “Where do social institutions and phenomena come from? A venerable tradition in economics seeks to explain some of these institutions and phenomena, for example, money, traffic rules, racial segregation and many others, using a concept of invisible hand. Such explanations show a phenomenon to be an unintended outcome of a multitude of actions and interactions of individual persons. In a book…

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A Review of Avner Greif's "Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy"

A Review of Avner Greif's "Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy"

In a previous post I have mentioned a debate concerning Avner Greif’s recent book Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy. My review of this book is now on-line. If you’d like to read my humble thoughts on Greif’s book you can download it here. If you are interested in this book, also see this (1), this (2) and this (3). Update: Gregory Clark‘s insightful review of Greif’s book is also (freely available) on-line: Clark, G. (2007) “A Review…

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