Economics is a serious and difficult subject: Paper prepared for Conference at EIPE, Rotterdam, December 10-11, 2010

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Abstract

This paper argues that by focusing on simple problems that can be resolved by the use of simple economic logic, usually involving the assumption that agents are rational, the economics-as-fun literature inevitably distracts from more difficult problems that are harder to solve and which may need to be tackled in different ways and may create a bias towards solutions that rely on the market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-241
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Economic Methodology
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • economics
  • Freakonomics
  • popularization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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