Galbraith om nationalekonomiutbildningen

Part of the service (of economists) consists in instructing several hundred thousand students each year. Although gravely inefficient this instruction implants an imprecise but still serviceable set of ideas in the minds of many and perhaps most of those who are exposed to it. They are led to accept what they might otherwise criticize; critical inclinations which might be  brought to bear on economic life are diverted to other and more benign fields… Although the accepted image of economic society is not the reality. It is what is available. As such it serves as a surrogate for the reality for legislators, civil servants, journalists, television commentators, professional prophets-all indeed who must speak, write or act on economic questions.

John Kenneth Galbraith



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