Friday, December 10, 2010

An interview with the great Deirdre McCloskey

She is one of the most innovative scholars to be found. A veritable public intellectual, if only people in charge would listen.
My alarm comes from the economist’s tendency to reduce humans to Maximum Utility machines. We need a humanomics, of the sort that Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill and John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek and Gunnar Myrdal and Kenneth Boulding and Albert Hirschman practiced. Some current practitioners are Nancy Folbre, Arjo Klamer, and Richard Bronk. It’s an economics for grownups.
A must-read interview.

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