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Public trust in economists

from Lars Syll

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People are obviously not so impressed by the “queen of the social sciences”. And rightly so. Mainstream economics today is more like an ideological-religious conviction than a realist and relevant social science that people can trust for making their lives or societies better.

  1. Helen Sakho
    December 12, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Thanks for this rather realistic picture. But since when did the dismal science gain royal status?

  2. Paul
    December 12, 2019 at 12:19 am

    How about public trust in pollsters?

  3. Robert Locke
    December 12, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I, as an historian, have been telling you economists to trust my work for 10 tears on this blog. Result, zero comment.

  4. Craig
    December 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    There’s nothing like the reality inverting and problem resolving effects of a paradigm change in a body of knowledge….to re-establish trust in it and its professionals.

  5. Yoshinori Shiozawa
  6. December 12, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    It’s no more a science than astrology or reading chicken guts. You just have fancy computers and impressive looking formulae and even have your own ‘Nobel Prize’ for whoever comes up with the most unfathomable new theorem that is, secretly, meaningless to everyone.

    As with politicians, the public can see you have no clothes, so the YouGov poll probably surprises nobody but economists.

  7. Ken Zimmerman
    December 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Economics is a discipline without discipline and a tool that provides nothing in return for its use that is of benefit to the community. In the present day many politicians share these faults. But at least they provide a benefit as the butt of millions of jokes. Economists are generally too scary to be the butt of jokes. They actually believe the form they give to economic life is the only form it can or should take. That’s authoritarianism no matter how you slice it. And they have lots of powerful friends in high places who can make this “perfect” (to borrow Donald Trump’s word) economy the only economy.

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