Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Volume 13, Issue 2, May 2016

In this issue (.pdf):

My Understanding of Adam Smith’s Impartial Spectator

The mysterious impartial spectator is addressed by leading Smith scholars: What is the impartial spectator, in Smith’s highest sense of that expression? Does the impartial spectator have knowledge that is super-human? Is it universal? How does the impartial spectator relate to “the man within the breast”? To the being whose hand is invisible? To God?


Other articles:

CIA Interventions, Tariff Changes, and Trade During the Cold War: Bruno Ćorić tests the robustness of results of an American Economic Review article, using a different data set, and finds that increases in imports from the United States can be explained by changes in tariffs that are unrelated to CIA interventions.

Follow-up on the left orientation of industrial relations: Bruce Kaufman reflects on Mitchell Langbert’s January 2016 article, and Langbert replies.

On the perfect ploy against free enterprise: Friedrich Hayek’s classic essay The Meaning of Competition.

EJW Audio

Samuel Fleischacker on Adam Smith’s Impartial Spectator

Pavel Kuchař on Liberalism in Mexico

Call for papers

EJW fosters open exchange. We welcome proposals and submissions of diverse viewpoints.

Call for papers for special issue: Government Propaganda Watch.

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