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‘You know, Ernest, the rich are different from you and me’: a comment on Clark's A Farewell to Alms


The American novelist Scott Fitzgerald is supposed to have said once to Ernest Hemingway, ‘You know, the rich are different from you and me.’ Hemingway replied, ‘Yes. They've got more money.’ Gregory Clark is of the Fitzgerald school. Most economic historians, among them his critics, follow Hemingway instead.

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S. Bowles (2007). Genetically capitalist? Review of Farewell to Alms. Science 318 (5849), pp. 394–6.

D. N. McCloskey (2006). The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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European Review of Economic History
  • ISSN: 1361-4916
  • EISSN: 1474-0044
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