"Marglin is a professor of economics at Harvard, but The Dismal Science reads like
the confession of an apostate from the guild. (One turns to it with relief after the
stiflingly triumphalist atmosphere of The Logic of Life.) Marglin is a recovering
economist, you might say, who sees in the behavioural approach a missed opportunity
for a `trenchant critique' of the `assumptions about people that form the core of
-- - Jonathan Derbyshire, Guardian, 29 March 2008
"Marglin show convincingly that losing community means dissolving our identities.
The scope of the analysis is very broad and deals with all the key issues related to the
author's topic. On the whole, Marglin's demonstration of the relationship between
mainstream economics and the destruction of communities is seductive, convincing,
and well documented."
-- Danny Lang, Irish Times, 24 March 2008
"[Marglin] explores in open-handed and often graceful prose `what is lost
in...economic development...when markets become a sphere unto themselves'. One
may dispute Marglin's retailing of the Left's economic history, from R. H. Tawney to
Robert Allen (and indeed Marglin himself). But one can only applaud Marglin's
readable contribution to the undermining of Max U." -- Deidre McCloskey, Times Higher Education, 27 March 2008
About the Author
Stephen A. Marglin is Walter Barker Professor of Economics at Harvard University.