What’s needed is a mandatory course on ethics and the limits of knowledge.– By Noah Smith. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-13/econ-majors-graduate-with-a-huge-knowledge-gap
I strongly suggest that members of our various master classes and others visiting here give a close read to the full text of the article which continues here: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-13/econ-majors-graduate-with-a-huge-knowledge-gap
Economics students rarely learn to think about such crucial issues in any systematic way. This causes many to be deeply uneasy about the morality of what they just learned, and to distrust the economics profession. There’s also a chance it might cause others to emerge from their classes as more selfish individuals. And it certainly doesn’t help voters, policy makers and businesspeople think about policy in an enlightened manner.
A mandatory philosophy-of-economics class wouldn’t make these thorny epistemological and ethical issues go away, but it would improve American educated elites’ ability to see nuance — something that’s too often missing from our national discourse.
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Noah Smith – @noahpinion. Bloomberg View writer. Elected “top neoliberal shill” of 2018. Occasionally posts anime gifs.
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