Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Historians and Economists

[R]ather we diverge on issues of social and political remedy. [Marglin] is an economic theorist, and to theorists what is conceivable is possible. I am an historian, and historians tend to be disenchanted by the record of human experience. We are suspicious of promises...The bigger the promise, the more suspicious we get.
--David Landes. "What Do Bosses Really Do?" Journal of Economic History, 46:3, 622-3.

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