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Reviewing the last chapter of Tim Harford's The Logic of Life, Fabio Rojas writes,

the market system itself, as indicated by Tim’s concluding chapter, depends on population, innovation, and liberal economic institutions. These, in turn, depend on psychology, group culture, and networks, the domain of sociologists, psychologists, historians, and anthropologists.

Are we all sociologists now?

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Rimfax writes:

Yes. That is the great transformation of modern popular economics. It is finally recognized that economic activity is inextricably linked to sociology in multiple ways. It is the only reason that economics is successfully being used at all to intervene in the ongoing political fetish for social engineering.

Jack writes:

Increasingly, fields are defined by their methodology, not their "themes". Economic imperialism (or for that matter, physical imperialism into biology, computer science, "econophysics") is the outcome because right now, positivism and empirical (quant) studies are "in", at least in the US. If instead the "in" method was postmodernism, we'd see literary imperialism or somesuch as was (briefly?) observed in France.

dearieme writes:

Once you all tire of writing footnotes to Smith and Ricardo, why not become sociologists? After all, the present incumbents have achieved nothing of note.

John writes:

This is where 'Rational Man' comes to the rescue. Dah da da dah!

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