'Overall, the book is stimulating and worth reading ... the editors deserve credit for stimulating a lively debate about current and future directions of the profession.' Robert I. Lerman, Journal of Economic Literature
This volume contains a spirited debate among eminent journalists, economists, and publishers about the spread of economic ideas. The interchange among the writers provides both the lay reader and the interested professional with fascinating insights into what happens behind the scenes in academia, publishing, and journalism. The book discusses the flow of ideas from economist to economist and from economists to the general public, examines the use and abuse of economic ideas in policy formation, and provides insights into the funding of ideas and the incentives to make economics more relevant.