A bitch adores National Public Radio (NPR)!
I listen while driving and almost always learn something new or hear a unique angle on an already known thing.
It came as no surprise…no surprise at all…that NPR dropped some knowledge on economists and ethics the other day!
Longtime readers know that economists make my Afro hurt.
They disagree with each other more than a group of sports writers debating which teams will make the NHL Playoffs.
If economists aren’t arguing with each other, they are at such odds over a happening that a bitch is left thinking they all have no fucking idea what they are talking about. Beyond that, economists are secretive…they have secret ties and undercover relationships that are only revealed after investor scandals or financial meltdowns.
But...through all the predictions, estimates, and recommendations...a bitch has always assumed that economists were governed by some sort of code of ethics.
You know, so economists won’t just sit around spouting bullshit or keeping secrets for personal gain.
Well, imagine my no exactly shocked surprise when NPR aired a feature that revealed the American Economic Association lacks a code of ethics.
When 9 out of 10 economists predict blah, blah, blah there is no code of ethics they must adhere to.
And if you think that’s no biggie and are wondering why the fuck that matters…well, I direct you to the economic clusterfuck of recent years and all the economic advice/predictions/analysis that lacked insight into the housing drama we’re still struggling to recover from.
Economists are not required to reveal links to think tanks or politicians...links that may explain their silence on certain issues or their loud as hell urgent voice on others.
NPR reports that, in response to the public's growing distrust of economists, some 300 economists have signed a petition calling for the development of a formal code of ethics.
But few prominent economists are resisting that call.
Makes me wonder what the hell they have to lose.
***logs off eager to hear what's what on NPR today***