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  •  I have a BS in history (1+ / 0-)
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    Which doesn't make me a historian but did teach me that to to be a historian you have to exhaustively cite each and every one of your sources, be they primary, secondary or tertiary, if you intend to use them. Historians and others in the social sciences don't get to hide their data. Mathematicians don't get to hide their equations. I don't see why economists should be able to.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:41:56 AM PDT

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    •  the dismal science? (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't know anything about how economics is run as a science. I'm talking about biology, physics, psychology, etc. But then I question whether economics should be called a science, given that the theory is so inherently political and ideological in nature. Take Reinhart and Rogoff as prime examples.

      History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx

      by quill on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:57:48 AM PDT

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      •  there's a blog (2+ / 0-)
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        that you might be reallly interested in, check it out

        It goes into a thorough analysis and critique of the state of the field of economics (including comparisons to physics and other harder sciences)

        Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

        by aguadito on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:05:41 AM PDT

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        •  Given that economics is such a "soft" science (1+ / 0-)
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          that happens to also be vulnerable to external manipulation, it seems self-evident that academic papers published in it MUST disclose all data and models used to reach conclusions to be taken seriously.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:13:14 AM PDT

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        •  great blog! (0+ / 0-)

          History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx

          by quill on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 11:04:35 AM PDT

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