What Do Economists Contribute?

What Do Economists Contribute?

by Daniel B. Klein
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New York University Press

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What Do Economists Contribute?

Economists direct their research mainly to the technical frontiers of the discipline. But the actual decisions of political economy are made, not by experts, but by ordinary public officials and voters—the "Everyman." However, the task of educating the Everyman is neglected\, sometimes even denigrated, by academic economists.

Daniel Klein has here gathered essays of 9 great economists of this century—Friedrich Hayek, Ronald Coase, Thomas Schelling, Gordon Tullock, Israel Kirzner, Frank Graham, William Hutt, Clarence Philbrook, and D. McCloskey—addressing the existential issue for economists: "How do we contribute to human betterment?"

The authors express their esteem for economic research firmly rooted in public issues and that contributes to public discourse. Some suggest that the academic focus on technical refinement not only diverts economists from efforts at public edification, but might even mislead economists in their own understanding of economic affairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814747223
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Series: Cato Institute Book Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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