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
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"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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The second area of potential revision concerns the process by which the
individual actors in economics — whether as individual consumers or workers or
as companies- relate to each other. This has occupied much of my time since this
The view that society is made up of individuals acting on the rational calculation
of their own self-interest pervades modern economics. Indeed, to an economist,
just as to Mrs Thatcher, there is no such thing as society, only the individuals who
The behaviour of such systems at the aggregate, macro-level cannot be deduced
from simple extrapolation of the behaviour of a single individual. The whole is
different from the sum of the parts. There is such a thing as society. Two hundred
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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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