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The Future of Homo Economicus

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The 2008 global financial crisis undermined the widespread belief that economics is akin to the natural sciences, with supposedly immutable laws enabling accurate prediction. One result of this reckoning is that more economists are embracing the social – even the inspirational – side of the dismal science.

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  1. The Moral Identity of Homo Economicus
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    The Moral Identity of Homo Economicus

    Nov 7, 2017 Ricardo Hausmann describes an incipient intellectual revolution that could turn the dismal science into a more inspiring pursuit.

  2. Another Nobel Surprise for Economics
    Richard Thaler Scott Olson/Getty Images

    Another Nobel Surprise for Economics

    Oct 10, 2017 Robert J. Shiller views the selection of this year's laureate, Richard Thaler, as further vindication of the behavioral approach.

  3. Economic Crises and the Crisis of Economics
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    Economic Crises and the Crisis of Economics

    Jan 13, 2017 Paola Subacchi calls on economists to develop a new code of conduct to restore their profession's credibility.

  4. Economists vs. Economics
    Paul Krugman Panayiotis Tzamaros/ZumaPress

    Economists vs. Economics

    Sep 10, 2015 Dani Rodrik examines the recent wave of criticism of the discipline by its leading figures.

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    Higher Immigration or Higher Interest Rates for America?

    Ricardo Hausmann & Dany Bahar explain why the persistence of Trump-era xenophobia among US policymakers could lead to economic stagnation.
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    Life, Liberty, and Lost Output

    Shang-Jin Wei considers the cost-benefit calculations fueling China’s protests against the government’s zero-COVID policy.
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    Iran’s Conservative Tightrope

    Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

    The Islamic Republic has been unable to quell the civil unrest that erupted three months ago, after Mahsa Amini died after being detained for violating hijab rules. While the regime has now abolished the morality police, the protesters have broadened their demands.

    explains why the country’s hardliners may no longer be able to force their will on the public.
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    The State Legacy of China’s Success

    Zhang Jun explains why Western scholars should pay more attention to the crucial role of the state.
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    What the COP15 Biodiversity Conference Must Do

    Juan Manuel Santos hopes world leaders will deliver a breakthrough for nature equivalent to the Paris climate agreement.
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    China’s Activist Shortage

    Yi Fuxian argues that decades of strict family-planning policies have effectively precluded a pro-democracy movement.
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    Disrupting the Disruptors

    Roger McNamee considers what new economic conditions mean for an industry whose growth (and misbehavior) defined an era.
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    When Voters Become Fans

    Kaushik Basu thinks deepening polarization has given the lie to a longstanding assumption about electoral politics.
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    Africa’s Responsibility to Protect Biodiversity

    Hailemariam Desalegn urges the continent’s leaders to unite behind a shared conservation agenda, beginning at COP15.

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