I believe that some of the fault lies with the top graduate schools in economics, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I obtained my Ph.D. The focus on mathematical training in these programs is so intense that they tend to produce a sort of idiot-savant, competent only to publish in academic journals. It pains me to see economists for whom expounding economic principles and speaking in plain English are mutually exclusive activities.Precisely. I began Ph.D. work in economics at M.I.T. in the early '60s. I quit, fairly promptly, because I found the program depressingly, deadeningly sterile. I'm sure it only got worse.
Monday, September 13, 2004
Arnold Kling of EconLog, quoting from his forthcoming book, says this about the incomprehensibility of what most economists write: