Category Archives: Teaching Emergent Economics

Timothy Taylor and Russ Roberts

Self-recommending. Taylor says, it just seems to me that often when people talk about growth, the first thing they talk about is not the role of the private sector or firms. They talk about how the government can give us … Continue reading

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Ecologists and Engineers

Don Boudreaux writes, When a biologist encounters in a living organism a physical or behavioral trait that is unusual or unfamiliar, and that does not contribute to survival in any way that is immediately obvious, the biologist’s professional instinct is … Continue reading

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Don Boudreaux on The Essential Hayek

It is a project for Canada’s Fraser Institute. It will launch next week. Boudreaux starts with a “nobody knows how to” introduction. He uses paper and ink as examples of mundane goods that require many different people and specialized tasks … Continue reading

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Co-ordinated Specialization

I have been thinking about the problem of teaching emergent economics. A commenter suggested The Economic Way of Thinking, so I got the eleventh edition. Paul Heyne started the franchise, and this edition, from 2006, adds as co-authors Peter Boettke … Continue reading

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What is a Job?

In a recession, we speak of jobs being “hard to find” and “the need to create jobs.” As intuitively reasonable as these phrases seem, they run counter to conventional economics. The goal of an economy is not to create work. … Continue reading

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The Middle Man as Information Processor

Suppose that I am one of three boys at a summer camp. Each of us receives an identical care package, consisting of two bags of pretzels and two boxes of apple juice. I like pretzels and apple juice, but boy … Continue reading

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The Central Principle of Economics

Trade is almost always good. I want to propose that as the central principle of economics. More on that in other posts. In this post, I want to talk about how trade might be bad or might be perceived to … Continue reading

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The Wartime Economy

The first and second world wars were characterized by entire societies being mobilized for war. In order to out-fight one another, countries had to out-produce one another. During both wars, England attempted to blockade Germany using surface ships, and Germany … Continue reading

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Trade as a Technology

A while back, I threatened to put together an introduction to economics that runs counter to the “seeing like a state” tradition in textbooks that Paul Samuelson started. I call this “teaching emergent economics,” and as my thoughts develop I … Continue reading

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