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If you're so smart : the narrative of economic expertise

In this witty, accessible, and revealing book, McCloskey demystifies economic theory and practice to show that behind the economists claim to certainty is the ancient art of storytelling. If You're So Smart will engage, enlighten, and empower anyone trying to evaluate the experts who stand ready to engineer our lives. "Writing with delicious wit and great seriousness."--Publishers Weekly. "Mr. McCloskey is more interesting on an uninspired day than most of his peers can manage at their very best."--Peter Passell, New York Times
Print Book, English, 1990
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1990
ix, 180 pages ; 23 cm
9780226556703, 9780226556710, 0226556700, 0226556719
21226865
1. Telling stories economically
2. Plot and genre in economics
3. The politics of stories in historical economics
4. Economic rhetoric in aid of the story line
5. The scholar's story
6. Metaphor against the story: chaos and counterfactuals
7. The poetics and economics of magic
8. The American question: If you're so smart why ain't you rich?
9. The limits of criticism
10. Keeping the company of economists
11. The Common Weal and economic stories