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Os Problemas e Perigos da Formação Acadêmica dos Economistas

“Consequently, the greybeards summarily expelled both philosophy and history from the graduate economics curriculum, and then they chased it out of the undergraduate curriculum as well. This latter exile was the bitterest, if only because many undergraduates often want to ask why the profession believes what it does, since their own allegiances are still in the process of being formed. The excuse tendered to repress this demand was that the students needed still more mathematics preparation, more statistics, and more tutelage in “theory,” which meant in practice a boot camp regimen consisting of endless working of problem sets, problem sets, and more problem sets, until the poor tyros were so dizzy they didn’t have the spunk left to interrogate the masses of journal articles they had struggled to absorb. […] How this encouraged students to become acquainted with the shape of the economy was a bit of a mystery—or maybe it telegraphed the lesson that you didn’t need to attend to the specifics of actual existing economies. […] It was brainwashing, pure and simple, carried out under the banner of rigor. Then, by the 1990s there was no longer any call for offering courses in philosophy or history of doctrine any longer, since there were no economists with sufficient training (not to mention interest) left in order to staff the courses”

“In any case, most conventional outlets for economic ideas have become willfully uninterested in the tangled conflicts of interest of the modern economics profession. Does anyone care that Martin Feldstein was on the board of AIG in the runup to its disastrous failure? Or that Paul Krugman once consulted for Enron (and got radicalized after the New York Times made him foreswear such perks)? Is anyone curious about the tangled history of the funding and organization of the Chicago School of economics? Does anyone care that Larry Summers worked for numerous hedge funds and investment firms before they had to be rescued by an administration that included…Larry Summers?”

Philip Mirowski, The Great Mortification: Economists’ Responses to the Crisis of 2007–(and counting)

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Clique aqui para ler este excelente artigo na íntegra.

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(*) Agradeço ao professor Ramón Garcia Fernandez por ter enviado o link.

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  1. 15 October, 2010 at 12:17
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