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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The ability to prove that a solution does exist for these myriad equations, that a
set of prices exists at which demand ... on the values which these prices can take,
since otherwise the solution does not make sense in terms of its economics.
Suppose, by some miracle, a competitive equilibrium does exist. There is a set of
prices which if it were brought into being would ensure that all markets cleared.
The question now becomes: how is this particular set of prices established?
A vast over-supply of office properties exists in major cities, and even at rents
which are set in desperation at close to zero there is insufficient demand to
ensure they are occupied. This phenomenon, of trading at false prices, to use the
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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICSUser Review - Kirkus
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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