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Author Mishan, E
Title Thirteen Persistent Economic Fallacies
Imprint Westport : ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2009
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Note Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- A Note on Method in Economics -- Fallacy 1: U.S. Goods Cannot Compete Effectively with Those Produced by Cheap Labor in Countries Such as China -- Fallacy 2: Immigrant Labor Confers Economic Benefits on the Host Country -- Fallacy 3: Globalization Acts to Raise Living Standards in the West -- Fallacy 4: Countries Forming a Common Market Reap Economic Benefits -- Fallacy 5: Rent Controls Are Necessary during a Housing Shortage -- Fallacy 6: The Fact That Women's Earnings Are Significantly Below Those of Men Is Evidence of Discrimination -- Fallacy 7: A Reduction in Building Costs Will Reduce House Prices -- Fallacy 8: Jobs Are Lost When a Factory or Business Closes Down, and Vice Versa -- Fallacy 9: A Competitive Private Enterprise Economy Tends to Produce Economic Efficiency -- Fallacy 10: A Subsidy to University Education Is Justified Since It Promotes Equality of Opportunity and Confers Benefits on Society as a Whole -- Fallacy 11: The National Debt Is a Burden on Future Generations -- Fallacy 12: Inflation Is Caused by an Excessive Increase in the Supply of Money -- Fallacy 13: The Rate of Economic Growth Over Time Is a Good Index of the Growth of People's Satisfaction -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W
E. J. Mishan, an iconoclastic economist who has taught at such schools as the London School of Economics and the New School for Social Research, is in this volume a provocateur, smashing staunchly held beliefs of the right (free trade and common markets are good for the economy), and the left (local jobs are always lost when factories close down, pay disparity between men and women signifies discrimination). He also pokes holes in the accepted wisdom held by all, arguing for example that economic growth does not necessarily improve lives. Those who believe the fallacies Mishan exposes to the light of reason in this book are, however, neither ignorant nor careless. The fallacies are all plausible, and intelligent people can be forgiven for believing them. Mishan simply wants readers to see these thirteen popular, persistent fallacies for what they are: Humbug. Mishan's scintillating text is apolitical. In arguing that immigration does not benefit a country's economy, for example, he is not arguing in favor of restricting immigration. Rather, his goal is to test the assumptions behind the dearly held positions of both the left and the right or to expose what he calls the breathtaking fatuity that counts as wisdom these days. Mishan wants to interject common sense and logic into today's debates over the economy and, especially, the political arguments that translate into legislation that has a negative impact on people. Mishan's ideas breathe new life into debates gone stale by ideology. As he notes, the fallacies in this volume travel in the highest circles, from debates in Congress to the pages of the Wall Street Journal, Time, and The Economist. Most are things everybody knows. He hopes, therefore, to expose the concerned citizen to the shock-treatment of discovering that much of what passes for conventional economic wisdom is in fact fallacious
As the Economist pointed out in its glowing review of the first edition of this book, Dr. Mishan has written the perfect book for anyone wishing to start the study of economics
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Mishan, E. Thirteen Persistent Economic Fallacies Westport : ABC-CLIO, LLC,c2009 9780313366055
Subject Economics -- Philosophy.;Economics.;Globalization
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