I was chatting with Dumbfounded Psychologist @ Oz the other day, casually trying to reveal the secret behind beautiful girls, where the best place to find them, and other great mysteries of life, when we stumbled upon two curious facts about economists (it goes without saying that we like gossiping about you guys - of course, we see you guys as our evil twins):
- Economists schmooze a lot, like celebrities (our metric is straightforward: There are more facebook profiles of economists than other academics).
- While you can wittily explain why doughnuts are generally safe, how to divide tasks among baby sitters, and why public toilet lids are dirty, you have (almost) nothing to say about things that pertain to the recent credit and financial turmoil (except some snippets from the media/blogs posts) -- the latter of which we thought is (or should be?) their main cup of tea; where are questions such as what is money?, how do credits create money?, can we have an economy without credits?, what does economic growth really mean?, what is the relationship between production and financial economics?, what is the fundamental source of financial instability?, are asset-price bubbles real?, why do we have (need) inflation? how does a bank run happen?, is globalization always good, how about the globalization of risks? why do we borrow, spend and save? and what is the underlying belief/morality for these three actions?
Please tell us what's going on?
Looking forward to some economic insights, as always,
Belligerent Sociologist @ NYC (also on behalf of Dumbfounded @ Oz who is happily holidaying)
Dear Belligerent Sociologist @ NYC,
The answer is easy. We don't know.