Saturday, February 17, 2007

Life among the Econ

Tyler Cowen points to a wonderful anthropological study of the Econ.

My favourite line is:
The Math-Econ make exquisite modls finely carved from the bones of walras.

A truly lovely pun.

This exercise could of course be carried out for pretty much any academic field. I wonder how many other such exercises there are.


At 9:57 PM, Blogger EclectEcon said...

Walras was a pioneer in using a gigantic system of equations to capture "general equilibrium" of all markets at the same time in an economy.

Axel's piece was floating around back in the early 1970s. I can't figure out what prompted Tyler to link to it now.

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

Thanks to eclectecon for explaining the pun.

I am not sure why Tyler posted it but I am pleased he did. I had forgotten it, but imagine I read it in the '70s, particularly as I was at Berkeley where Debreu and Steven Smale were creating the real cult of the Math-Econ.


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