Economists in Politics

12 Apr 2022 22:49

A special case of intellectuals in politics, though nobody --- neither economists nor the intellectuals who call themselves intellectuals --- likes to hear it. The references here reflect the more obvious aspects of this, about explicitly economic policy, but I think it also goes deeper. There is, I think, a really great study to be written on the impact of John von Neumann, via game theory; I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that von Neumann was one of the most ideologically influential intellectuals of the 20th century. (I am not a historian or political theorist so I am not equipped to write that, but I'd eagerly read it.)

--- I should probably add Mirowski's books under "to read" here, but I have an allergic reaction to his style.

See also: Economics; The World Bank