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The Skeptical Economist


The Skeptical Economist: revealing the ethics inside economics
By Jonathan Aldred

About this book
The Skeptical Economist will challenge us all to examine the assumptions behind the economics of our current way of life. It rediscovers the ethics at the heart of economics.

Jonathan Aldred rejects the story told by other popular economics books. Responding to Western malaise about quality of life, and a growing curiosity about economics and its relevance to these concerns, Aldred argues that economics is not an agreed body of knowledge or an objective science. In reality economics is built on ethical foundations – distinctive and controversial views about how we ought to live, what we value and why. This revealing and entertaining book exposes these hidden assumptions, and opens up the black box of modern economics to reveal that the conventional wisdom is not what it appears to be.

Review quotes
"This book goes much further than the various books that have paved the way for popular economics. Freakonomics and related titles are really just conservative economics dressed up to look sexy. I suspect most readers find that, while entertaining, they don't give them the sceptical view of economics that they were looking for. Jonathan Aldred gives both – scepticism and entertainment."—Clive Hamilton, professor of public ethics and author of Growth Fetish.

"Aldred carefully works through all the arguments needed to help non-economists from other disciplines to critique economics accurately. This book will be useful to policy-makers who must defend public policies from economists' ideologies and faulty assumptions, as well as for serious students of Economics 101 in their efforts to teach their professors what’s wrong with this discipline."—Hazel Henderson, author, Ethical Markets: growing the green economy.

About the author
Dr Jonathan Aldred is a fellow and director of studies in economics at Emmanuel College and a Newton Trust lecturer in the department of land economy, both in the University of Cambridge, UK. An economist by training, his research interests are now interdisciplinary, spanning economics, philosophy, law and political theory.

This book costs £15.99. Please contact us for purchase information.


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