Economics is a serious and difficult subject: Paper prepared for Conference at EIPE, Rotterdam, December 10-11, 2010
Journal of Economic Methodology , Volume 19 - Issue 3 p. 231- 241
This paper argues that by focusing on simple problems that can be resolved by the use of simple economic logic, usually involving the assumption that agents are rational, the economics-as-fun literature inevitably distracts from more difficult problems that are harder to solve and which may need to be tackled in different ways and may create a bias towards solutions that rely on the market.
|economics, Freakonomics, popularization|
|Journal of Economic Methodology|
|Organisation||Erasmus School of Philosophy|
Backhouse, R.E. (2012). Economics is a serious and difficult subject: Paper prepared for Conference at EIPE, Rotterdam, December 10-11, 2010. Journal of Economic Methodology, 19(3), 231–241. doi:10.1080/1350178X.2012.714143