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Two of the Seven Deadly Economic Sins

6:00pm-7:00pm on Sunday 28 March

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James Otteson at the Cambridge Festival 2021

You have heard of the Seven Deadly Sins - envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath. But there are several deadly economic sins as well - mistakes in economic reasoning that we make routinely, and almost instinctively, but that have deleterious effects not only in our personal lives but also when they find their way into public policy. My new book Seven Deadly Economic Sins explores seven of these mistakes that are widely committed and yet lead to cost, loss, and forgone prosperity. Each of them can be described without technical apparatus, and in each case, exorcizing them from our economic reasoning can lead both to personal benefit and better policy. In this brief presentation, I will focus on two deadly economic sins, drawn from the book’s first two chapters: the Wealth is Zero-Sum fallacy, and the Good Is Good Enough fallacy.

This event has been organised in collaboration with Cambridge University Press.

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Age: Adults
Timing: Live Stream, Available on Demand
Theme: Explore, Society

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