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    From http://www.langtoneconomists.co.uk/F...s/Welcome.html

    http://www.langtoneconomists.co.uk/F...Economics.html

    Steven Levitt of the University of Chicago and journalist Stephen Dubner have had considerable success with their ‘quirky’ books on Economics. Their titles (Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics) are littered across personal statements of almost all prospective students for Economics in the UK and I suspect around the world, as well as being featured regularly on suggested preliminary reading lists of universities like LSE, UCL and many others. As of 2009 total sales for Freakonomics reached 4 million, Superfreakonomics since its release in 2007 has also been immensely successful. In some ways they are Economics’ celebrities, creating the genre pop-economics; but how legitimate is their contribution to the discipline? Is Freakonomics legitimate Economics?.

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    (Original post by WalkerPrince)
    From http://www.langtoneconomists.co.uk/F...s/Welcome.html

    In Economics, it’s fantastic to find topics that polarise intellectuals in the highest echelons of wisdom, better yet still so when we find topics that are seen as ‘controversial’ and provoke heated discussions. In March 2011 Economics’ blogosphere (mainly professors and researchers at the best universities in America) was set ablaze following a statement by Justin Yifu Lin [Chief Economist of the World Bank] discussing the effects of fiscal policy where he expressed his belief that it is important to worry about the implications of a higher government deficit for future tax liabilities, he was the catalyst of the subsequent discussion on the legitimacy of ‘The Ricardian Equivalence’; this statement stood out for its explicit and aggressive tone – ‘Ricardian Equivalence is bogus Economics. It is the kind of nonsensical ivory tower rational expectations drivel which led us to the abyss’.

    Rest of the article here, really is worth a read. I wrote it, so I would say that but it's pretty useful as evaluation for AS/A-Level Macroeconomics, if you understand it.

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    I would read it if the writing isn't so tiny.

    Usually I would use ctrl mousewheel I guess but its so TINY!
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    It's that small?!
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    yea

    and if you actually do do ctrl zoom then the pictures go over the text but the writing does not actually increase in size.
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    OK, I'll look to fix it. Thanks
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    Made bigger
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    Look at my attachment, it's a screenshot of what your website looks like. I can tell that you made the writing bigger. but the problem is that the website appears only in the very centre of my screen. And normally when you press Ctrl and zoom in on the mouse wheel then the website gets proportionately bigger and takes up more of the screen. Yours doesn't.

    Maybe I am being fussy, but I like big fonts, small ones hurt my eyes.

    Edit: the attachment is a picture so it is actually zoomed in when you open it (I have to open it in a new tab, left click on it doesnt work) but imagine scaling down that picture until it fits exactly onto the screen. It gets really tiny.
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    I see what you're saying. Well I'll try and see what I can do!
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    New Post - http://www.langtoneconomists.co.uk/F...Economics.html

    Steven Levitt of the University of Chicago and journalist Stephen Dubner have had considerable success with their ‘quirky’ books on Economics. Their titles (Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics) are littered across personal statements of almost all prospective students for Economics in the UK and I suspect around the world, as well as being featured regularly on suggested preliminary reading lists of universities like LSE, UCL and many others. As of 2009 total sales for Freakonomics reached 4 million, Superfreakonomics since its release in 2007 has also been immensely successful. In some ways they are Economics’ celebrities, creating the genre pop-economics; but how legitimate is their contribution to the discipline? Is Freakonomics legitimate Economics?
 
 
 
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