Monday, October 11, 2004

Economist J Bradford Delong on why economists are better than other social scientists

Delong is a great thinker and prodigious blogger. This is one of his funniest, most notable non-political posts: "as I watched this sequence of events, it struck me that I should be very, very glad that I was an economist: that our instinctive reaction was to think of how we could make the alternative we sought more attractive so that people wouldn't be tempted to vote-with-their-feet and exercise their right to do other things; by contrast, the sociologists' instinctive reaction was to think of how they could punish their graduate students and so effectively deprive them of the ability to vote-with-their-feet to do other things."

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