I recently began reading Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Early on you are introduced to a discipline Asimov labeled psychohistory, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychohistory_(fictional).
I immediately thought that it sounded like really bad economics. Lo and behold, here is a quote from a post by Paul Krugman, "Several commenters mentioned Issac Asimov’s Foundation novels. It’s somewhat embarrassing, but that’s how I got into economics: I wanted to be a psychohistorian when I grew up, and economics was as close as I could get." Here is the post from which the quote came from:
Perhaps Krugman's work should be labeled science fiction?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Psychohistory and Paul Krugman
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