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What I learned in my Macroeconomics Classes

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Jul• 24•09

The Economist has an interesting article about the failure of macroeconomics to predict the latest downturn and what it means for the future of the profession of economics.  As one who has little faith in macroeconomics, I certainly can commiserate with the opinions of the following Ph.D. students:

According to David Colander, who has twice surveyed the opinions of economists in the best American PhD programmes, macroeconomics is often the least popular class. “What did you learn in macro?” Mr Colander asked a group of Chicago students. “Did you do the dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model?” “We learned a lot of junk like that,” one replied.

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