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  1. The Unbearable Lightness of the Economics-Made-Fun Genre.Peter Spiegler - 2012 - Journal of Economic Methodology 19 (3):283-301.
    Several commentators have argued that the economics-made-fun (?EMF?) genre contains very little actual economics. As such, it would seem that criticisms of EMF do not apply to economics more broadly. In this paper I take a contrary view, arguing that, in fact, at a deep conceptual level, the engine of EMF analyses is precisely the engine of mainstream economics. Specifically, I argue that both EMF and mainstream economics rest on a conceptual foundation known as the principle of the substitution of (...)
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  • Economics Made Fun, and Made Fun Of: How 'Fun' Redefines the Domain and Identity of the Economics Profession.Erwin Dekker & Paul Teule - 2012 - Journal of Economic Methodology 19 (4):427-437.
    This paper compares two aspects of the use of ?fun? within the economics profession. It analyzes the way in which a recently emerged genre of economics-made-fun uses fun and surprising insights to reach new audiences. And it also analyzes the way in which humor is used within and from outside the economics profession to criticize certain practices and characteristics of economists. It argues that the economics-made-fun genre, ?Freakonomics? being the prime example, not only redefines the domain of economics, as is (...)
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