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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For any given rate of unemployment, or path of unemployment over time, the rate
of inflation is indeterminate. In other words, a wide range of inflation rates
appears to be compatible with any particular path for unemployment over time.
When this stylised system is shocked, the path traced by the line connecting the
two variables in the chart moves off the original ellipse and winds round before
becoming established in a new ellipse around different average levels of the two
Over the course of time, the system possesses many potential solution paths. Any
actual path which is observed, from the myriad potential paths which could have
been followed, will not correspond, except by the purest of coincidences, to the ...
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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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