Monday, 14 July 2014


Apologies for not tending the blog too well recently.

To those who asked: nothing was wrong  -- I was just up to my eyes getting out work while preparing for and attending a conference. Evidence of the very blurry variety below.


Ask me anything, if you’re curious.


  1. I checked the website (HETSA), which gave me more questions, than answers, It might be worth doing a post on them at some stage.

    B Whitehead

  2. You post your questions, and I'll see if I can give answers. :-)

  3. Ok,
    Do they only look at history only for it's own sake, or do they examine history in order to work out where we are going, or should be going?

    Do they have commonly agree on this history, or is it coloured by their political leanings?

    B Whitehead

  4. @Bruce: Good question. First, the society studies the history of economic thought, not economic history. The former interprets the latter. But your question was being discussed on the Saturday night panel, Steven Kates especially arguing that the point of understanding the history of economic thought -- in other words, of the ideas dreamed up by economists to explain, or try to, what's happening in the world - is not just to entertain each other, but to inform good policy. There wasn't full agreement ...


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