The Death of Economics
"Important and ingenious . . . ought to be read by every educatedperson." —The Spectator.
Renowned British economist Paul Ormerod explodes currenteconomic theory to offer a radical new framework for understandinghow human societies and economies really operate. His bold andimpassioned arguments about how and why economics should be recastto reflect the current ills of Western society —includingunemployment, crime, and poverty —are both persuasive andcontroversial. Integrating ideas from biology, physics, artificialintelligence, and the behavioral sciences, Ormerod's groundbreakingapproach is sure to have far-reaching repercussions.
"A clear, concise, and yet sophisticated history of economicthought that should be required reading for Economics 101 courses.The fundamental challenge is to view the economy more as anorganism than a machine and place it in its larger political,social, and moral context." —The Washington Post
"A vigorous, informed, and thoughtful critique of the dismalscience." —Kirkus Reviews.
"Crucial reading for the concerned citizen, which ought to meanall of us. . . . This book is very timely indeed." —TheObserver
"Economics has some battles to fight. . . . Unless economistsimprove their ability to analyze and prescribe in an intelligentway, and to provide a modicum of accuracy in their forecasts, thetwentieth-century pseudoscience of economics will become atwenty-first-century museum piece." —Sunday Times(London).
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Von Neumann's problem can be thought of as analagous to the problem, not of
solving any particular equation, but of proving whether or not such a general
formula exists. If it does, solutions to any equations of this type are known to exist.
But in general people are unable to trade in future markets for the simple reason
that these markets do not exist. It is not possible to go to the local supermarket
and agree to buy a specific basket of goods in eleven months' time, say, at a price
Arrow demonstrated that, in order for a competitive equilibrium to exist, each
person must prepare a complete list of all future states of the environment which
might obtain. And everyone must hold absolutely identical and correct beliefs ...
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An old Wall Street adage holds that if all the world's economists were laid end to end, they would never reach a conclusion. Ormerod suffers from no such inadequacy in this vigorous, informed, and ... Read full review
Roots of Economic Orthodoxy
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