How to push back against fake economics

"Fake news" is a charge that US President Donald Trump routinely levels at mainstream news outlets reporting truths he prefers not to hear. So when economists cry foul - complaining about blasphemy and quackery among would-be practitioners - our first instinct should be a little scepticism about the charge of "fake economics".

Isn't this just a famously insular and recently maligned profession simply closing ranks? Alas, no.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2018, with the headline 'How to push back against fake economics'. Print Edition | Subscribe