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Speaking of Economics / Edition 1

Speaking of Economics / Edition 1

by Arjo Klamer
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Based on themes emerging from his popular Conversations with Economists (1983), Arjo Klamer once again distinguishes himself from other academic economists by writing about the profession - and its foibles - in plain English. How is it that a discipline that so permeates daily life is at once "soft" and scientific, powerful and ignored, noble and disdained? Here is an attempt to make sense of all that. Whether you are a student, academician, journalist, practicing economist, or interested outsider, Speaking of Economics will get you interested in a conversation about economics.

Economists disagree so fundamentally that conversation becomes impossible: students of the most prestigious graduate schools emerge with significantly different views; mathematical equations become more real than the everyday world. And, after all these years, the Nobel Prize-worthy profession cannot tell us, say, how a 1 percent increase in the price of electricity will affect the utility industry. How can this be a science? Here, an economist reconciles all of this with an intimacy and readability rarely seen in books concerning economics - without eschewing academic methodology. We come away with the sense that, despite its strangeness and pitfalls, economics is scientific and powerful and noble.

About the Author:
Arjo Klamer is Professor of Cultural Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and dean of the Academia Vitae

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900415395112
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Series: Economics as Social Theory Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Arjo Klamer is Professor of Cultural Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Dean of the Academia Vitae.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations     xi
Exordium: getting into the conversation     xii
Acknowledgments     xviii
The strangeness of the discipline     1
Economics is a conversation or, better, a bunch of conversations     15
What it takes to be an academic dog, or the culture of the academic conversation     37
It's the attention, stupid!     51
A good scientific conversation, or contribution thereto, is truthful and meaningful and serves certain interests     66
The art of economic persuasion: about rhetoric and all that     91
Why disagreements among economists persist, why economists need to brace themselves for differences within their simultaneous conversations and their conversations over time, and why they may benefit from knowing about classicism, modernism, and postmodernism     126
How and why everyday conversations differ from academic ones and how and why academic conversations clash with political ones     154
Peroratio: why the science of economics is not all that strange     176
Notes     184
Bibliography     187
Index     191

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