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Other Things Equal: Notre Dame Loses

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  • Deirdre N. McCloskey

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    (University of Illinois at Chicago
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Denison University)

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Academic economics in the United States has a scientific range all the way from M to N. This is not because the Samuelsonian mainstream is such a smashing scientific success, unless you count numbers of Samuelsonian articles certified by Samuelsonian professors in Samuelsonian journals as "success." Real insight into the economy does not come from existence theorems buttressed by statistical significance, that is, the cargo-cult method of the Samuelsonians (if you can stand another attempt by me to get these points across see The Secret Sins of Economics). Insight comes from the dwindling number of individual economists and sometimes whole departments of economics (fortunately the political scientists, sociologists, and policy mavens are taking up the slack) who think, as the present Department of Economics at Notre Dame does (wait a while), that economics is the study of the economy and is a part of the conversation of humankind

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 29 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
Pages: 309-315

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Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:29:y:2003:i:2:p:309-315

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