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This review is from: Economics: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
If you're looking for a VSI to Econ 101 and 102, skip this book. The treatment of microeconomic basics consists of exactly 14 pages. Macroeconomic theory gets a whopping 4 pages. The rest consists mainly of a political tract on wealth and poverty. It's the first VSI whose title amounts to a misrepresentation.
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Initial post: Oct 9, 2008 6:56:59 PM PDT
Michael Drake says:
I have not read the book, but Gupta is Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge. So I find it prima facie less plausible that he's managed to write a VSI on economics that is truly deserving of a one-star rating than that Professor Bainbridge's rating is at least as ideologically driven as he accuses Gupta's mini-treatise of being.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2008 8:35:57 PM PST
Sean Brown says:
But wait...if you haven't read the book, how would you even know???
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 7:50:56 AM PDT
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B. Tweed DeLions says:
Sean Brown, you silly silly person. Michael is voicing suspicions. Of course he can't *know* whether his suspicions are right unless he reads the book. But that doesn't mean that his suspicions are groundless.
Dasgupta has been honoured by elections as:
Fellow of the Econometric Society (1975); Fellow of the British Academy (1989); Fellow of the Royal Society (2004); Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (1997); Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), 2001; Member of Academia Europaea (2009); Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1991); Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991); Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (2001); Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society (2005); Foreign Member of Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere Arti (2009); Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics (1995); Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (2010); Honorary Member of the American Economic Association (1997); and President of the Royal Economic Society (1998-2001), the European Economic Association (1999), and Section F (Economics) of the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) Festival of Science (2006).
He hardly sounds like a hack. That doesn't mean that Michael is right or that Dasgupta's critics are wrong, of course.
Dasgupta is an economist and Bainbridge is a corporation lawyer. It's hardly surprising that they would have different perspectives on basic economics. And it's entirely possible, as Michael suggests, that Bainbridge is biased in favor of those who butter his bread: corporations, which tend to be economic conservatives.
Posted on Jan 15, 2012 11:42:48 PM PST
Daniel Tomkinson says:
Sometimes, looking at the exact same data set from a different perspective can be disconcerting to one's peers. As such findings tend to dispute all that was once held dear. And the ego has difficulty with being shown it's prior beliefs are somewhat fraudulent when looked at with a fresh set of eyes.
Thanks to Dr Bainbridge's disdain, I have placed my order for this book.
Posted on Feb 5, 2012 6:30:50 PM PST
Richard G. Ferguson says:
Oh yes, yes. Is there no escape from this kind of ideological trash? For my refresher, I guess I'll turn to the Dummies books.
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