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Dismal ignorance of the “dismal science”—a response to Larry Elliot

In a recent Guardian column, Elliot reproduced some classic misconceptions about what economists actually do

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"One misunderstanding is that most economists spend most of their time doing maths. This is just plain wrong"

It has become routine to assault the “dismal science” with a dismal ignorance of what economics actually involves. Writers, students and even some social scientists from other disciplines who have very little exposure to what economists do are quick to point the finger and declare economics as a veil for vested interest, and dismiss it as a way of thinking that is fossilised in numbers.

Sometimes, though, the criticism can…

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