Clawbacks from economists?

Better Living through Economics

This review is not particularly in itself.  It is worth skimming to get the flavor.  Once you feel comfortable with what you have read, search for the word “ugly.”  The idea is that these mostly neoliberal economists claim to have created enormous value for the economy.  I assume that the essays were composed before the crash, but the editor claims that our profession deserves extra funding for all the value it created.  Could the public demand a clawback to penalize these economists for the harm they have done?

Author:
Siegfried, John J.
Reviewer:
Vedder, Richard

Published by EH.NET (August 2010)

http://eh.net/book_reviews/better-living-through-economics

John J. Siegfried, editor, Better Living through Economics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010. viii + 315 pp. $45 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-674-03618-5.

Reviewed for EH.Net by Richard Vedder, Department of Economics, Ohio University.

This volume of essays advances the proposition that economic theory and economic research can and has been harnessed to promote human welfare in many different ways, materially improving the quality of our lives and arguably our incomes. Not unusual for compilations of essays, this book contains the good, the bad, and, unfortunately, the ugly. Fortunately, “the good” dominates, and I would say two-thirds of the volume successfully achieves its mission.

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