My friend John linked me up to this somewhat unnerving article. Without responding to the claims too harshly, let’s keep in mind some things:
I have this in mind as well. Where are the pleas for other disciplines to be teaching, “Behavioral” versions of their fields? Do you mean to tell me that the only social science actors that seem to be eliciting some anomalous behavior (which ain’t necessarily the case, but that’s for another day) are in economics. No behavioral political science? You mean we are all reasonable and rational when acting politically. And I’m 7 feet tall. Or behavioral sociology? Nope, it’s just us anti-social economists that need some “behavior” modification.
Or how about this. Let’s run some “experiments” on some small groups of people who are trained in Sociology, or Education, or Political Science. I’m sure we’ll find they have less respect for property rights than a typical economics student, and have an incorrect understanding of how actually pro-social prices, profits and trade are. I look forward to reading that article. We can all play this game, but that’s all it is.
By the way, this is sort of what all of the university-types deserve. They’ve long since trashed the traditional curriculum that focused on the great ideas and common experiences of Western Civilization. But that was all tossed out the window in a race to the bottom in attracting students, and of course happily placed in the dustbin of higher education by the post-modern types that rule the universities. So I love this sort of thing. Trash the rich curriculum that perhaps would have provided grounding and common social experiences to economists AND the other majors, and then condemn the system that generates anti-social people, the very one you created, and then recommend some remedial coursework that at best approximates what you so gladly trashed years ago.
Have a nice weekend. By the way, who’s really greedy and not pro-social? Don’t urinate on my back and tell me it’s raining. Maybe folks think economists are not prosocial because they don’t much care about being welcome in this sort of polite company.