11 Apr 2012

Landsburg v 2.0: This Time, It’s Personal

Economics, Shameless Self-Promotion, Steve Landsburg 2 Comments

Steve Landsburg is putting out a revised edition of his classic, The Armchair Economist. Full details here.

Although Murray Rothbard is the economist who most influenced me, Landsburg’s book might be the single most influential volume in terms of how I try to relay economics to the layperson.

What may interest you is that I actually disagree with a lot of the things Steve says in the book, but he says them so clearly that I think we are all wiser after I blow him up…. For example, see this.

I mentioned to Steve in the comments at his blog that I had actually written him a critique back when I was about to start grad school. I’ll see if I can dig that up.

2 Responses to “Landsburg v 2.0: This Time, It’s Personal”

  1. Ken B says:

    Is that the book with the argument that you might as well sink the money as build an aquarium? I sent SL a note years back on a point or two he had missed.

    Great book though.

  2. Joe says:

    I just read your piece on the first edition of The Armchair Economist, and noticed that you claim that Landsburg’s assumptions are false. Aren’t all assumptions false? Don’t we avoid judging a model by the realism of its assumptions, but by it’s predictive power? I agree his assumptions are completely unrealistic, but I still think the model has value in teaching a principle.

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