Human Desire and Economic Satisfaction

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1987

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Kuran, Timur

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He makes us first of all realize that being black in the world of economists does make a difference. And then he tells a story in which fortune has the better part with him as the unwilling participant who nevertheless repeatedly generates controversy with his ideas. Such a story, which is almost an apology for his being where he is, forms a stark contrast with the one by Friedman or by Samuelson. Friedman also gives credit to chance in his story but claims his stage without self-consciousness and reservation; the latter sees himself so much the orchestrator of his own story that he chooses to tell it in the third person...

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