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You can also blame Nicholas Nassim Taleb for this confusion. In his world view, all economists have ever done is make predictions.

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But if Economics aspires to be a science, it has to make predictions that are useful. This is what science does: if you are unwell and you go to the doctor, he will use science to tell you what is wrong and what will happen to you. Mostly he will be correct because everything he tells you is based on rigorous science.

Economics can't do that, so it's not a science. It only tells you, post hoc, why something happened, which of the theories was correct.

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Mostly he will be correct because everything he tells you is based on rigorous science.

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The point is not to abandon economics but to INTEGRATE history and
economics. Very serious analytical problems are created due to the failure
of economists to understand historical contexts properly and the failure of
historians to understand the powerful influence of economic considerations
in human affairs. Sadly, economic history is a dwindling science, while it
offers so many crucial relativisations.

More profoundly, though, the inability to integrate economics and history is
due to a set of axioms which are never questioned, because they are central
to the ideological beliefs and values of the business class.

This axioms include, among many others:

1) Value is created by trade.
2) Free markets tend towards the creation of economic equilibrium.
3) Private ownership always produces the most optimal allocation of
resources.
4) Competition is fair if all have the opportunity to participate in
markets.

etc.

The historian could be considered to be primarily concerned with what
happened in the past and its meaning in the present. The economist could be
considered to be primarily concerned with the meaning of the present for the
future. Yet "History" in general cannot be simply defined as "the past",
because it is also "the past living in the present" and "the future living in the present".

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If economics cannot make even bounded predictions about the future, then it is not a science.

That's what a science is. Among other things, it is a discipline which creates testable predictions.

I mean, I'm pretty down with the idea that economics as currently practiced is not a science. But there is definitely a need for something which is like economics but is also a scientific discipline.

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I agree but it will not stop Mr. Rodrik (or other economists) from accepting the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. I am not sure why the term 'Sciences' is needed. In any case, there is already a prize for literature.

Science, as I understand it, involves both explanation and prediction. At best economics provides ex-post explanations and even here there is very little agreement.

With reference to the comment on history by Bendien, it is convenient to divorce history from economics. It allows 'Economic Scientists' to view the market as a natural system subject to natural laws (see http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/rushkoff09/rushkoff09_index.html). Conveniently, there were no politics in the creation of the system.

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That's the opinion by most economists.

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"Non-economists tend to think of economics as a discipline that idolizes markets and a narrow concept of (allocative) efficiency. If the only economics course you take is the typical introductory survey, or if you are a journalist asking an economist for a quick opinion on a policy issue, that is indeed what you will encounter."

Well, that is a serious problem with economics as a science. An introductory course, or a quick answer from a practiser, shouldn't be that flawed. If it couldn't whow you the whole picture, it should at least tell you it wasn't the whole picture.

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Who said that? Not me. I am the one who said "economy as a scince is an oxymoron". "Renowned econmists" are the best marketers (of themselves). Being Jewish is not a prerequsite but never hurts.

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