Beatrice Cherrier (CNRS) and Andrej Svorencik (Mannheim): Defining Excellence: Seventy Years of the John Bates Clark Medal. John B. Davis (Marquette): Is Mainstream Economics a Science Bubble? Steven G. Medema (Colorado): “Exceptional and Unimportant”? The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Externalities in Economic Analysis. Marco P V Franco (UFMG): The History of Ecological Economics: A Contribution to the Debate on Methodological Pluralism. N. Emrah Aydinonat (Helsinki): The Diversity of Models as a Means to Better Explanations in Economics. Economic models are broken, and economists have wildly different ideas about how to fix them. Alex Izurieta on economic models that reality can no longer afford. From Democracy, a symposium: Has economics failed us?

How economics became a religion: Its moral code promises salvation, its high priests uphold their orthodoxy — but perhaps too many of its doctrines are taken on faith. Sorry, but economics isn’t “astrology for dudes”. Economics isn’t a bogus science — we just don’t use it correctly. Academic knowledge about economic policy is not just another opinion. Economists lose credibility when they’re too certain. Dani Rodrik on the economics debate, again and again.

80 economic bestsellers before 1850: A fresh look at the history of economic thought. There is nothing wrong with mathematics in economics — what matters is for what? How freshwater economics won the day: On the late George Stigler and his impact on the development of economic thought. The end of economics: Matt Seybold reviews In The Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy and Revolution by Geoff Mann.

Two recent books — Identity Economics by Nobel laureate George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton and The Moral Economy by Sam Bowles — indicate that a quiet revolution is challenging the foundations of the dismal science, promising radical changes in how we view many aspects of organizations, public policy, and even social life.


Enrique Armijo (Elon): The Freedom of Non-Speech. In leaked chats, WikiLeaks discusses preference for GOP over Clinton, Russia, trolling, and feminists they don’t like. A look at how Glenn Greenwald made the Russia scandal disappear. For the finale to a noteworthy Edge project, can you ask “The Last Question”? Kent State activist quits Turning Point USA, calls it a “shithole organization”. Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca on the “man­-repelling” defiance that launched her career. Black athletes are challenging what a Winter Olympian looks like. “People at the paper like to talk about the hires as matters of intellectual rigor and viewpoint diversity, but all they’re doing is draping a philosopher’s toga around a troll” (and more).

What explains U.S. mass shootings? International comparisons suggest an answer. Arming the flock: In the South, some worshippers were training to use deadly force against church shooters — then Sutherland Springs happened. Katy Steinmetz on why “thoughts and prayers” is a double-edged sword. US gun violence spawns a new epidemic: Conspiracy theorists harassing victims.


Who will rid me of this meddlesome Stormy? Josh Marshall on the Michael Cohen story. Nancy Cook on Michael Roman, the mysterious oppo researcher working in the White House lawyer’s office. Riding an untamed horse: Priebus opens up on serving Trump. Thread: “First Trump promised us, expressly, that his kids wouldn’t work in government. Then he promised us, expressly, they wouldn’t have clearances. The he promised us they would be treated the same as any other staffer. Those were all lies”. As Kelly twists, a chaotic search for a new chief of staff engulfs the West Wing. How not to run the White House: Elizabeth Drew on what Trump and his chief of staff failed to learn from their predecessors. Why there’s so much chaos in the Trump administration: Dysfunction at the top, inexperience below.

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