One can write a paper on economics disguised as history .

Can one write a historical paper, informing history, disguised as economics ?


4 thoughts on “Riddle

  1. This reminds me of a famous dialogue between a pirate and a carpenter :

    Pirate: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    Carpenter: A woodchuck would chuck no amount of wood since a woodchuck can’t chuck wood.
    Pirate: But if a woodchuck could chuck and would chuck some amount of wood, what amount of wood would a woodchuck chuck?
    Carpenter: Even if a woodchuck could chuck wood and even if a woodchuck would chuck wood, should a woodchuck chuck wood?
    Pirate: A woodchuck should chuck wood if a woodchuck could chuck wood, as long as a woodchuck would chuck wood.
    Carpenter: Oh shut up.

  2. I have the answer to this one: A theory of economic theory by John Hicks whereas several chunks of our economic history are explained by economic theory. One example I remember is that John Hicks provides an reconstruction of Ricardo’s argument on the effect of machinery to explain the decrease in workers’ real wage at the beginning of the industrial revolution and its subsequent rapid and accelerating growth after 1850. Needless to say that the economic historians trained as historians did not like the book, the cliometricians did not either, but only because they thought his economics was way to old (After Gary Becker who needs Ricardo?)!

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