Krugman’s blog, 4/14/15

There was one post yesterday, “I Am Not A Generic Economist:”

Sorry about the radio silence — I’m scrambling to (a) meet a deadline on a longish piece I foolishly agreed to write and (b) trying to get ready for a quick trip to Brussels and Athens. (No, don’t mail or call me about arranging a meeting or interview — that’s up to my hosts, and I already have negative free time.)

But I think I need to respond to something really annoying. The Atlantic has an article bashing economists, based on a paper by Fourcade et al — and the article is illustrated with a picture of yours truly.

So, what does the article say about me that justifies my position as the face of what’s wrong with economists? Well, actually it never so much as mentions me.

And as it happens I have written about the Fourcade paper — approvingly:

I guess I hope that these things are outliers. But if you feel cynical about economics after reading Fourcade, you may be right.

So how, exactly, do I become the face of bad economics here? This is just lazy and sloppy, and whoever stuck my picture there should be ashamed.

 I used to subscribe to The Atlantic, back when it was worth reading.  But then they hired The Pasty Little Putz and Megan McCurdle…



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