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Theory and practice (prelude)

I’ve often thought that if I were to do another degree (or even just take some more courses), it would probably be in economics. I think that’s because from what I’ve read, it’s similar to computer science in that there seems to be a vast gulf between theory and practice.

I listened to an interesting lecture by Ha-Joon Chang that made me even more interested: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and what they mean for our economic prospects.

While the title is a little “folksy” for me, the content was worth listening to. Dr. Chang seems like a pretty reasonable person and the beliefs he claims are commonplace in economic thinking don’t fit with what I’ve seen. Chang’s approach seems like it would make sense as opposed to the dogma I hear about the topic.

It reminds me a lot of software engineering.

October 16, 2013

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