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Economic Inquiry · Volume 23, Issue 2 · Economic Inquiry banner. ECONOMICAL WRITING. DONALD McCLOSKEY. *Department of Economics and of History. The book Economical Writing, Third Edition: Thirty-Five Rules for Clear and Persuasive Prose, Deirdre N. McCloskey is published by University of Chicago. McCloskey, Donald, Economical Writing, Economic Inquiry, (Apr.) p. Page 2. McCloskey, Donald, Economical Writing, Economic Inquiry,

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I wouldn’t know how to describe non-constant variance if I couldn’t say “constant” or “variance”, and “deprecate” means something very specific that “eliminate” or “get rid of” simply doesn’t say.

Economical Writing by Deirdre N. McCloskey

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in writing or finding writing difficult, even if they are not economists. Beyond being merely readable, the book is also useful.

You Will Need Tools McCloskey is wary of econoimcal, so instead she provides a list of heuristics. Economists have no such excuse, for the level of abstraction required to understand the nccloskey “supply curve” is on essentially the same level as that required to understand the concept “fairness”. Add both to Cart Add both to List. This is not the best style guide of ever read.

May 01, Don Lim rated it really liked it. Her thirty-one rules, offered with wit and delightful brevity, include the essential warning that though rules can help, bad rules hurt. A valuable short guide for mastering the craft of academic writing!


Business people maintain their “profit margins”, probably “obscene” or “unwarranted,” by “passing along” a higher wage, which causes workers to demand still higher wages, in a “spiral.

Students ecomomical young professionals who care about direct, clear expression should read this lucid, delightful gem by an author who practices what she advises. There are certain ways of writing that clearly do not work, and it may be useful to discuss them. I now buy for all my new hires. Theory and Public Policy mcclooskey Edition.

Speaking of ludicrous circumlocutions, McCloskey is adamantly opposed to all Latinate vocabulary; therefore I should have apparently written this sentence as follows: Chapter 12 Avoid Boilerplate.

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Her emphasis on accessible argument is a balm to the interdisciplinary soul, who often finds himself reading articles outside his field.

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Everyone, economist or not, comes equipped with a vocabulary for the economy. Account Options Sign in. And did you really mean to say that unions and corporations do not have bargaining power?

McCloskey’s systematic treatment provides a range of insights and practical advice for better writing by scholars in every field. Footnotes Are Nests for Pedants Most writing handbooks are exactly what they most admonish: Read more Read less. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. In these paragraphs McCloskey exhibits the same error of the cognitive science eliminativists, albeit if anything more egregiously.

Shameless plug for my forthcoming paper “Markets fail to maximize utility in the presence of wealth disparity”. Does McCloskey write with a sense that is also a sense of humor?

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This is a strunk and white for the social science set, and using it wriging look over my own writing in the past year has helped. Details Customers who bought this item also bought Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items.

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