Roger E. Backhouse


On his book The Puzzle of Modern Economics: Science or Ideology

Cover Interview of October 27, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How economists have worked to make economics scientific.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Economists would, I believe, be taken more seriously if they were more modest in their claims.  Of course, they are not helped by a public culture that polarizes all views in the interests of generating excitement.”

On the second:

“It is often those who are firmly ‘inside’ the profession, and who take seriously the mathematical models and other techniques that critics don’t like, who come up with most promising new ideas.”