Economists are like Buddhists…

… they operate in a fact-free environment.

I’m a bit behind with print media (I’ve been too busy hacking for the Leicester Mercury) but this column from the Economist a couple of weeks ago caught my eye: it’s saying that essentially economists have very little influence, if any, on public opinion. Which is surely something to celebrate. And it reminds me of Joan Robinson’s reason for studying economics: to avoid being fooled by economist.

Elsewhere, this short piece by the consistently insightful and entertaining Oliver Burkeman from last Saturday’s Guardian on “the trouble with smarter not harder” is quite nice — and perhaps worth giving to students.

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