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’d definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in writing or finding writing difficult, even if they are not economists.

One person found this helpful. Two spaces after a comma is barbaric This deserves four stars, but lost one due to the completely baffling decision to advise readers to include two spaces after a comma.

Jul 17, Trey Malone rated it it was amazing. If not, read Joseph Williams’ Style: Sep 08, Iworld rated it really liked it. A small, simple, and concise book that talk about the techniques and mindset that the writers in economics should know about. A valuable short guide for mastering the craft of academic writing!

May 03, Priscilla Previl rated it it was amazing.

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Write Early Rather Than Late 9. Kudos to my professor, because this book is incredible. Also, this entire paragraph is full of sneering scare quotes, despite the fact that McCloskey specifically makes a rule against using such scare quotes and actually in general I agree. I now buy mccloskdy all my new hires. No trivia or quizzes yet. Lists with This Book.

mcclosket Yes, the folk knowledge does get some things wrong; the “cheap foreign labor” narrative is overly simplistic, and the “collapsing industrial base” is a wrongheaded way of looking at the transition from scarcity to post-scarcity manufacturing technology.


Although some of her advice is a bit dated such as using two spaces after a period, question mark, or exclamation markmany are useful and would improve writing, if kept in mind. McCloskeys systematic treatment provides a range of insights and practical advice for better writing by scholars in every ecoomical. All these McCloskey does not provide any new advice on writing better, but she does collect existing advice from other books mccloskeey compiles them, focusing more specifically on writing in the subject of economics.

Fairness is something we understand more intuitively, supply curves are something we understand more mathematically; but they are both about the interactions between human individuals or small groups; there is no deep writign gulf between them the way that there is between action potentials and beliefs.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. For the record, McCloskey also seems to think we should write out our numbers as words, and gives equally little justification.

This book contained a lot of superb rules for writing. Of course, such a link must exist; the fact that you cannot understand it does not prevent it from being true—but it does at least explain why you’d have trouble believing it.

Writing seems to be a big challenge for many of our students. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. To be fair, there are many abuses of jargon and sesquipedalian vocabulary should I say “five-dollar words” as Mcclsokey does?

Economical Writing walks this line fairly well on the whole. Waveland Pr Inc; 2 edition May 1, Language: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Control Your Tone The extent to which this handbook concerns the subject of economics as opposed to any other discipline is that most of the examples provided pertain to economics.

A student text on writing in the social sciences. I would never claim that I’m a great writer, but as I finish my PhD in applied economics, I’ve found that there are three surefire ways to improve your writing.


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Dec 23, B rated it really liked it Shelves: Writing Is Thinking 3. Is that inflation-adjusted by the way? While many laymen and perhaps even astronomers may use sentence, “the sun is rising” casually, to understand the underlying mechanism, astronomers must begin to use terms such as time-space, inertia, and even economicall mathematical functions in order to more deeply understand astronomy.

The entire literature on bilateral monopoly begs to differ. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with mcclosjey warranty.

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Pages with related products. Indeed, one change I’m noticing even in formal writing is that older generations are uncomfortable writing numbers as, well, numbers; they want us to use ludicrous circumlocutions like “twenty-seven point eight percent” instead of the much more readable ” Improve your prose through the Game of Writing. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

A mcclosley book jam packed with good advice though there were a few I did not agree with. Theory and Public Policy 12th Edition.

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In economixal paragraphs McCloskey exhibits the same error of the cognitive science eliminativists, albeit if anything more egregiously. But McCloskey takes us beyond axioms to think hard about style and the process is well worth our while. She takes an eliminativist stance on folk economics, which is every bit as bizarre and every bit as aggravating as when cognitive scientists take an eliminativist stance on folk psychology.