Economics Explains Our Behaviour

Matthew Reisz reports in the Times Higher Education about the rebirth of economics, ‘today the “dismal” science of economics is sexy’. Tim Harford and Stephen Levitt are held somewhat responsible for the distinct change in attitude, with simple economics being used to explain anything from ‘rational crime’ to ‘the teenage oral sex craze’.

The publication of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics compiles contributions from not only 1500 economists but also other fields, a Swedish zoologist for example, supporting the end of ‘dismal’ economics.

Read more: Matthew Reisz (2008) Figure It Out Times Higher Education

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2 Responses to “Economics Explains Our Behaviour”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Just wanted to point out that Steven *Levitt* is the economist behind Freakonomics (Dubner is a journalist).

  2. econ-network Says:

    Ooops -thanks for pointing that out, Jennifer. Now fixed

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