But until that day, all economists can really give us is intuition, suggestions, and ideas. Like the Royal Physician, each of us then has to decide for him/herself what we think is the best medicine.
Economists have another virtue, in that they're very good at pointing out each other's logical errors. On the whole, economists are very smart, perceptive people. Like everyone else, they are liable to overstate their confidence and rely too much on their own unproven theories...Это выдержки из статьи Noah Smith "Should we trust economists?" в Atlantic. Начните читать статью в его блоге Noahpinion, здесь, а потом уже оттуда пройдите на сайт Атланика за продолжением.
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