The Booming Economics-Made-Fun Genre: More than Having Fun, But Less than Economics Imperialism

Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2009

Posted: 13 Nov 2010

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Jack J. Vromen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Over the last few years there seems to have been a sharp increase in the number of books that want to spread the news that economics is, or at least can be, fun. This paper sets out to explain in what senses economics is supposed to be fun. In particular, the books in what I will call the economics-made-fun genre will be compared first with papers and books written by economists with the explicit intent of making fun of economics. Subsequently, it will be examined whether or not it makes sense to accuse books in the economics-made-fun genre of economics imperialism, as some commentators have recently done.

Keywords: economics-made-fun, pop economics, freakonomics, economics imperialism, sociology of economics

JEL Classification: A11, A13, A14

Suggested Citation

Vromen, Jack J., The Booming Economics-Made-Fun Genre: More than Having Fun, But Less than Economics Imperialism (2009). Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1706760

Jack J. Vromen (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
EIPE Office, Room H5-23
3000 Dr Rotterdam
Netherlands

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