5 thoughts on “What the other social sciences can learn from economics

  1. What do you make of the critique of ‘mainstream’ economics by Critical Realists like Tony Lawson who, as I understand him, regards it as bound to both the analysis of constant conjunction and the assumption of closure. If you agree with this critique, maybe (another form) of (mainstream) economics bashing is actually called for?

  2. One reason why economists are in demand publicly is that they are good with numbers and that’s a very effective way of communicating if you can boil it down to something numerical . A second reason is that people are very interested in the economy so naturally economists are the go-to guys. A third reason is that some simple ideas like supply/demand, costs/benefits can go a long way. I don’t think other social scientists have tools like that in the cupboard.
    Nonetheless other social scientists should try harder to be part of the public debate.

  3. There is an aspect of accessibility of the two disciplines that seems to be missing in your point of view. Sociology is already better accessible to public consumption whereas economics needed to be “deconstructed” by media analysts. While you make a valid argument on the change of direction that public sociology needs – that which economics has achieved – it is a much larger debate surely but I don’t think its a fair comparison considering how distinct the two fields of studies are. Perhaps political science and economics can be suitably compared to establish a credible foundation for accessibility of disciplines to the public.

  4. yep i think this is one of those occasions when i chose an overly provocative blog title! i didn’t really mean anything more than the argument in the text – i think the practicality of how the public role of economics has been managed is something which public sociology can learn from.

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