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The Consequences of Economic Rhetoric

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Arjo Klamer, Donald N. McCloskey, Stanley Fish, Robert M. Solow, Robert L. Heilbroner, Stephen Resnick, Richard Wolff, A. W. Coats, Robert W. Clower, Christina Bicchieri, Philip Mirowski, E. Roy Weintraub, Frank T. Denton, Nancy Folbre, Heidi Hartmann, Crawford D. Goodwin, James K. Galbraith, Robert O. Keohane, David Warsh
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  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026444

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  • The field of economics proves to be a matter of metaphor and storytelling--its mathematics is metaphoric and its policymaking is narrative. Economists have begun to realize this and to rethink how they speak. This volume is the result of a conference held at Wellesley College, involving both theoretical and applied economists, that explored the consequences of the rhetoric and the conversation of the field of economics.

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    "The Consequences of Economic Rhetoric is an important volume, marking the true beginning of what may well become a new conversation in economics. It is a valuable start but only a start; future conferences and future volumes will ultimately be required to tell the story of this conversation." D. Wade Hands, Journal of Economic Literature

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    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026444
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Economic Rhetoric: Introduction and Comments:
    1. Economics in the human conversation Arjo Klamer and Donald N. McCloskey
    2. Comments from outside economics Stanley Fish
    3. Comments from inside economics Robert M. Solow
    4. Rhetoric and ideology Robert L. Heilbroner
    Part II. Economic Rhetoric: Further Arguments:
    5. Marxian theory and the rhetorics of economics Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff
    6. Economic rhetoric: the social and historical context A. W. Coats
    7. The ideas of economists Robert W. Clower
    8. Should a scientist abstain from metaphor? Christina Bicchieri
    Part III. Economic Rhetoric Among Economists:
    9. Shall I compare thee to a Minkowski-Ricardo-Leontief-Metzler matrix of the Mosak-Hicks type? Or, rhetoric, mathematics, and the nature of neoclassical economic theory Philip Mirowski
    10. On the brittleness of the orange equilibrium E. Roy Weintraub
    11. The significance of significance: rhetorical aspects of statistical hypothesis testing in economics Frank T. Denton
    12. The rhetoric of self-interest: ideology of gender in economic theory Nancy Folbre and Heidi Hartmann
    Part IV. Economic Rhetoric in Politics and Journalism:
    13. The heterogeneity of the economists' discourse: philosopher, priest, and hired gun Craufurd D. Goodwin
    14. The grammar of political economy James K. Galbraith
    15. The rhetoric of economics as viewed by a student of politics Robert O. Keohane
    16. 'Yellow rain' and 'supply-side economics': some rhetoric that failed David Warsh
    Part V. Economic Rhetoric: Its Rhetoric and its Consequences:
    17. Negotiating a new conversation about economics Arjo Klamer
    18. The consequences of rhetoric Donald N. McCloskey
    Appendix
    Index.

  • Editors

    Arjo Klamer, University of Iowa

    Donald N. McCloskey, University of Iowa

    Robert M. Solow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Contributors

    Arjo Klamer, Donald N. McCloskey, Stanley Fish, Robert M. Solow, Robert L. Heilbroner, Stephen Resnick, Richard Wolff, A. W. Coats, Robert W. Clower, Christina Bicchieri, Philip Mirowski, E. Roy Weintraub, Frank T. Denton, Nancy Folbre, Heidi Hartmann, Crawford D. Goodwin, James K. Galbraith, Robert O. Keohane, David Warsh

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