100 Economics Question of the Day: An Intermittent Blog: Note toward a review of Pietra Rivoli's The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

Friday, December 23, 2005

Note toward a review of Pietra Rivoli's The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

Let me begin by noting that The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is the best popular-economics book of the year, in my limited readings. It's nowhere near so offensive as Freakonomics, in which John Lott is described as "an economist" while Paul Krugman is "a New York Times columnist."

But why is it that economists who blather about the need for what is essentially a regulatory infrastructure--as Rivoli does, on cue--complain when people apply their skills to that infrastructure?

The working title of the review is "More in Sorrow than in Anger," but that may change to "Economicsland, where all Consequences are Unintended Except when they are to blame."

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