Marion Fourcade (UC-Berkeley): Economics: The View from Below. Rune Moller Stahl (Copenhagen): Economic Theory, Politics and the State in the Neoliberal Epoch. Erik Angner (Stockholm): We’re All Behavioral Economists Now. What do we actually know about the economy? Macroeconomics is better than you think, microeconomics worse, and data are limited. Eric Posner and Glen Weyl on how economists became so timid: The field used to be visionary — now it’s just dull. John F. Tomer reviews Delusions of Economics and the Way Forward by Gerald Cory. Economists focus too little on what people really care about. Simon Johnson on saving capitalism from Economics 101.

Erwin Dekker and Blaz Remic (EUR): Two Types of Ecological Rationality: Or How to Best Combine Psychology and Economics. John B. Davis (Marquette): Ethics and Economics: A Complex Systems Approach. Sharun Mukand (Warwick) and Dani Rodrik (Harvard): The Political Economy of Ideas: On Ideas Versus Interests in Policymaking. Rights and wrongs of economic modelling: Uskali Maki reviews Economics Rules by Dani Rodrik. Noah Smith on how econ went from philosophy to science. Yes, government creates wealth: Mariana Mazzucato on how economics has never accepted the idea that the public sector creates wealth, but it does — and acknowledging that can lead to sweeping change.

Roland Benabou (Princeton), Armin Falk (Bonn), and Jean Tirole (Toulouse): Narratives, Imperatives, and Moral Reasoning. Patrizio Laina (Helsinki): Meta-theory as a Uniting Framework for Economics and Global Political Economy. Tiago Mata (UCL): Reading Popular Histories of Economics: A Contemporary Historiography of Economics. From Prospect, rip it up and start again: Howard Reed on the case for a new economics; Diane Coyle writes in defence of the economists: Our field is not perfect, but the idea that it is so tainted we must “rip it up and start again” isn’t just pessimistic — it is based on inaccuracies; and top economists on what their subject needs to learn next.

Can economists and humanists ever be friends? Why economics is having a replication crisis. Econ majors graduate with a huge knowledge gap. Did economics fail? The debate about rethinking economics keeps rambling.


Nathan Rosenberg (Arkansas) and Nevin Cohen (CUNY): Let Them Eat Kale: The Misplaced Narrative of Food Access. Rizqy Zein (Airlangga): Is Ethnicity the Root of all Evil? Engaging Macro and Micro Analysis of Ethnic Violence. Republican extremism is turning Democrats left on health care. Once defined by his loathing for Trump, Lindsey Graham is now all-in for the president — why? Ken Starr: Presidential impeachment is “the wrong way to go”. Ukraine is ground zero for the crisis between Russia and the West: The confrontation reflects a larger — and for now probably unbridgeable — divide. The introduction to Gaming the System: Deconstructing Video Games, Game Studies and Virtual Worlds by David Gunkel.

Per Engzell (Oxford): What Do Books in the Home Proxy For? A Cautionary Tale. Frank Lehman (Tufts): A Complete Catalog of Motivic Materials in Star Wars. Emily Atkin on the devastating slowness of Hurricane Florence. Florence is not the “new normal” — we’ve destroyed normal forever. How we might repeat the unrepeatable: Andy Fitch interviews Alexander Nehamas. The unconstrained presidency: James Goldgeier and Elizabeth N. Saunders on how checks and balances eroded long before Trump. William Davies on how feelings took over the world. Are we all “harmless torturers” now? In the age of online shaming, we should push ourselves to consider the collective consequences of our actions.


The sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, explained. Ford is accusing Kavanaugh of a violent crime, not “sexual misconduct”. Donald Trump Jr. continues to be trash; mocks Brett Kavanaugh’s rape accuser on Instagram. The Kavanaugh takes are getting absolutely insane. Kavanaugh’s accuser should have spoken up sooner? Give me a break. WH to attack Kavanaugh accuser’s credibility by questioning why she didn’t tell anyone at the time. There’s nothing unusual about the timing of the Kavanaugh allegations. Did the Democrats really ambush Kavanaugh? Delay the vote — for Kavanaugh, for his accuser and for the Court. Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford to testify on assault allegations in public Monday.

“Kavanaugh was a teenager”, but so was Ford: Anna North interviews Jess Davidson of End Rape on Campus. “I want a ven diagram of people willing to argue ‘Give Kavanaugh a break, he was only 17’ and ‘Trayvon Martin got what he deserved’”. Conservatives suddenly realize juvenile offenders deserve leniency. “If the conservative movement now believes that what you do as a teenager doesn’t matter I’ve love to talk to them about life sentences, mandatory minimums, and felon disenfranchisement”. Kavanaugh argued no questions should be off the table when he investigated Bill Clinton. Josh Marshall on looking back at the Thomas era.

Conservative Erick Erickson reveals what’s really going on with denying Kavanuagh accusations: It’s all about abortion. Are Republicans really going to nominate an accused rapist to overturn Roe? “Republicans refused to even hold hearing for Merrick Garland b/c nominated 237 days before election. Now rushing to confirm nominee 50 days before election who’s accused of sexual assault, lied under oath 5x, turned over 4% of records & nominated by POTUS under investigation”. “& yet she thought @alfranken should go”.

“Deny” and “push back”: Trump’s playbook for men accused of sexual misconduct. It’s perfectly obvious why Donald Trump would be eager to defend the principle that men must not have their careers derailed by accusations of sexual assault — it’s less clear that 50 Republican senators will be eager to join him. Republicans can’t hold Kavanaugh or anyone else accountable — because Trump is president.

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