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Ideology is Dead! Long Live Ideology!

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Ideology is Dead! Long Live Ideology!

By Mohsen Javdani and Ha-Joon Chang

AUG 12, 2019 |ECONOMICS PROFESSION



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Economists like to say they’re immune from ideological influence. Our research shows the opposite.

Mainstream (neoclassical) economics has always put a strong emphasis on the positivist conception of the discipline, characterizing economists and their views as objective, unbiased, and non-ideological. This is still true today, even after the 2008 economic crisis exposed the discipline to criticisms for lack of open debate, intolerance for pluralism, and narrow pedagogy. [1] {paraphrased >>} Most mainstream scholars  still resist identifying ideological bias as one of the main culprits [and cite] other “micro” explanations, such as individual incentives related to academic power, career advancement, and personal and editorial networks. 

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