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The Emperor's Tailor: The Economists and the Crash of ‘98

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The paper examines the the profession of economics in the light of its disarray in the face of the financial crash of 1998 We subject the profession to a theoretical and historical enquiry, examining both its reaction to the empirical facts of its failures, and the manner in which its theoretical categories express the material interests to which it is subjected. The aim is not dismiss the profession and its products as simple apologetics, but to uncover the internal structure of its thought and to propose an alternative, critical standard of scientific conduct for economic enquiry under a market economy.

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  • Freeman, Alan, 1999. "The Emperor's Tailor: The Economists and the Crash of ‘98," MPRA Paper 6712, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Michele I. Naples, 1989. "A Radical Economic Revision of the Transformation Problem," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 21(1-2), pages 137-158, March.
    2. Alan Freeman & Guglielmo Carchedi (ed.), 1996. "Marx and Non-equilibrium Economics," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 737.
    3. Lant Pritchett, 1997. "Divergence, Big Time," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 11(3), pages 3-17, Summer.
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    1. Alan Freeman, 2009. "The Economists of Tomorrow: the Case for a Pluralist Subject Benchmark Statement for Economics," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 8(2), pages 23-40.
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    Keywords

    Liquidity; Value; Quantification; MELT; MEL; Money; Labour; Marx; TSSI; Temporalism;

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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles

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