Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on January 14, 2018

in Antitrust, Economics, Hubris and humility, Man of System, Myths and Fallacies

… is from page 113 of Deepak Lal’s 2013 book, Poverty and Progress:

One of the abiding failings of “development economics” has been its fascination with theoretical curiosa and the dirigiste policy conclusions that can be drawn from them.

DBx: Indeed so.  And, unfortunately, development economics isn’t the only venue in which such a fascination is in play.  Every other branch of economics is infected, to one degree or another, with this dangerous fascination.  One of the branches that I know best, antitrust economics, has long been the playground of academics who – impressed with their abilities to conjure hypotheticals and then to model those hypotheticals using geometry, mathematics, or game theory – eagerly call upon the state to deploy force in order to recreate real-world markets in the image of their whiteboard models.


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