Author Archives: Beatrice

How not to screw up your economic expertise: lessons from the Kennedy tax cut grandmaster, Walter Heller

  What is the “crisis in economic expertise” about? Trump’s decision to demote whoever might be nominated chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from his cabinet has been interpreted as a final blow to a though year – … Continue reading

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The problem with “economists-failed-to-predict-the-2008-crisis” macrodeath articles

This week has delivered one more interesting batch of economics soul-searching posts. On Monday,  the Bloomberg View editorial board has outlined its plans to make economics more of a science (by “tossing out” models that are “refuted by the observable world” … Continue reading

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Les économistes face à la défiance de la société civile: faut-il déclarer la guerre des nombres?

Crise de confiance, crise de l’expertise, crise du nombre Les économistes sont au bord de la crise de nerf, prévient Anne-Laure Delatte, la directrice adjointe du CEPII. L’inquiétude était en effet palpable à l’American Economic Association, le rassemblement de plusieurs … Continue reading

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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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What’s next in history of economics? A wish list

I just defended my habilitation, a rite de passage meant to evaluate an academic’s ability to develop a research program, to mentor graduate students and to hold a professorship. It’s a long process which begins with writing a thesis and … Continue reading

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