The Underground Economist
By Bryan Caplan
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella Notes from Underground (1864) is a classic of introspection and confession. The symposium takes its title from Dostoevsky’s work.
The prospective symposium will consist of confessional essays by
economists about their existence as economists. Only genuine narrative
and sincere reflection are welcome. However, essays may be anonymous.
In a rich body of highly regarded work, the Duke University economist Timur Kuran has developed a theory of preference falsification: the individual may publicly express views or attitudes that are false to his or her true private views or attitudes.
The impetus of the symposium is to provide an outlet for
exploring preference falsification and other forms of moral or
intellectual compromise within the economics profession. Authors are
encouraged to be introspective and personal, and yet impartial. The
purpose of each essay should be to share experiences that speak to
situations to which many can relate. We seek biographical essays that
will help others understand widely shared problems.
Get your paper in by December 31st, and I for one will be reading it on the day of its publication.