If You're So Smart: The Narrative of Economic Expertise

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ISBN-13: 978-0226556710
ISBN-10: 0226556719
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University of Iowa economist McCloskey, writing with wit and seriousness, ascribes society's economic evolution more to art than to science, concluding that economists cannot accurately predict economic results.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Deirdre N. McCloskey is John F. Murray Professor of Economics and professor of history at the University of Iowa. Her books include The Applied Theory of Price and The Rhetoric of Economics.
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Product Details

  • Series: Narrative of Economic Expertise
  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226556719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226556710
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2000
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This book is great! McCloskey explains, with an easy to read style, but without losing the rigor on the content, how the economists tell stories to persuade the public, politicians and their colleagues. With a witty approach, McCloskey proves that economists aren't able to predict, why aren't all of them rich, then? The author gives several examples of how economists use rhetorical devices with the aim to persuade their audience, instead of the scientific methodology they officially support. This amazing and amusing book is not only for economists; if you think that economics are very serious, read this and the next time it will be harder for the economists to fool you!
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I see several recent releases in this area. I decided to start here, as this book is brief, and fairly non-technical in itself. The author has plenty of verve to express critical views of economists' pronouncements, not completely unlike Taleb's, but his own. I found this little book well worth my time. It's not that the Emperor of Economics always has no clothes, but the stories underlying some very solemn and sober pronouncements by the deacons of the Dismal Science can be pretty threadbare. Recent years have brought this forcefully home.
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