[Marxism] non-political economics

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Sat Jan 28 17:44:17 MST 2006

On Sat, 28 Jan 2006 17:17:50 -0500 Les Schaffer <schaffer at optonline.net>
> i've been following the increased focus on physics and physical 
> modeling
> in economic analysis. this Times article interested me in this vein:
> les schaffer
> Students Are Leaving the Politics Out of Economics
> Taking as a model the research techniques that Steven D. Levitt 

> The students, in their answers to the poll, applauded an education 
> that
> teaches them to be researchers and to stay away from policy. The 
> poll
> and its implications were debated in a panel discussion at the 
> annual
> meeting of the American Economic Association in Boston this month, 
> and
> in follow-up interviews.
> [snip]
> Graduate schools rarely offer courses in the history of economic
> thought, the poll showed, and fewer students than in the 1980's have
> read the works of the giants in their field — Adam Smith, for 
> example,
> or David Ricardo, Alfred Marshall and John Maynard Keynes.

I think we can assume that if they are not reading Ricardo
or Keynes, then they are not reading Marx either.

> full: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/27/business/27econ.html

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