Greg Mankiw presents a non-argument from authority to the readers of The New York Times.
Is what a majority of members of the American Association of Economists believe of any interest? How abut a majority of the Association For Evolutionary Economics (AFEE), the International Association For Feminist Economics (IAFFE), or the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE)?
I care about the beliefs of the majority of AEA members as data for the sociology of economics. (I deliberately don't write here of the sociology of knowledge.) As guidance for deciding on public policy - not so much.
Insofar as Mankiw claims to believe in the distinction between positive and normative economics, he should even agree.
Better public intellectuals, please.
7 months ago