Learning Economics: a Virtual Book Tour
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Purpose of Learning Economics
- "Each year, thousands of people study economics, but not many learn it."
- "The title Learning Economics has a double meaning. It suggests a book that is intended to have educational value. However, it also refers to the economy itself as a system for learning."
- "Children born in the early part of this century will grow up with totally different concepts of privacy, mental and physical well-being, and the relationship between humans and technology than what we are used to."
Linking the cover to the main themes
The Political Dimension and the Economic Dimension
|Economic Knowledge||Political Leaning|
|Decent||left-leaning economists||right-leaning economists|
|Novice||left-leaning novices||right-leaning novices|
Every good story needs a villain
"The focus on mathematical training in these programs is so intense that they tend to produce a sort of idiot-savant, competent only to publish in academic journals. It pains me to see economists for whom expounding economic principles and speaking in plain English are mutually exclusive activities."
Top Five Policy Issues
- Economic Growth
- Health Care
- Social Security/Budget
If you'd like me to come on tour and answer your questions, send an email to arnold at arnoldkling dot com.