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Read of the Day: Beware Economists Peddling Elegant Models

Good thoughts here from theoretical physicist Mark Buchanan.  In a Bloomberg piece he warns us to beware of economists peddling elegant models:

“If economists jettisoned elegance and got to work developing more realistic models, we might gain a better understanding of how crises happen, and learn how to anticipate similarly unstable episodes in the future. The theories won’t be pretty, and probably won’t show off any clever mathematics. But we ought to prefer ugly realism to beautiful fantasy.”

Realism, realistic models and a better understanding of our problems using a purely descriptive version of the money system?  Sounds like Buchanan is referring to Monetary Realism.  Even better, none of its founders are economists.  :-)

Read the full thing here.

Cullen Roche

Cullen Roche

Mr. Roche is the Founder of Orcam Financial Group, LLC.Orcam is a financial services firm offering asset management, private advisory, institutional consulting and educational services.He is also the author of Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Understand About Money and Finance and Understanding the Modern Monetary System.
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