Monthly Archives: January 2017

The making of economic facts : a reading list

That Donald Trump’s first presidential decisions included gagging the EPA,USDA and NASA, asking his advisors to provide “alternative facts” on inauguration attendance, and questioning the unemployment rate is raising serious concerns among economists. Mark Thoma and former BLS statistician Brent Moulton, among … Continue reading

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From physicists to engineers to meds to plumbers: Esther Duflo rediscovering the lost art of economics @ASSA2017

“The economist as plumber” Yesterday, Esther Duflo gave the American Economic Association Richard T. Ely lecture (edit: the full video of the lecture is now online). The gist of her talk was that economists should think as themselves more as … Continue reading

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Remembering Tony Atkinson as the architect of modern public economics

The sad news that Sir Antony Atkinson has passed away was released today. Tributes and reminiscences will no doubt flow this week, focusing on his extraordinary humility and generosity, alongside his lifelong dedication to the study of inequality (whose essence is perfectly … Continue reading

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