Economic Inquiry · Volume 23, Issue 2 · Economic Inquiry banner. ECONOMICAL WRITING. DONALD McCLOSKEY. *Department of Economics and of History. The book Economical Writing, Third Edition: Thirty-Five Rules for Clear and Persuasive Prose, Deirdre N. McCloskey is published by University of Chicago. McCloskey, Donald, Economical Writing, Economic Inquiry, (Apr.) p. Page 2. McCloskey, Donald, Economical Writing, Economic Inquiry,

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Of course, such a link must exist; the fact that you cannot understand it does not prevent it from being true—but it does at least explain why you’d have trouble believing it. One person found this helpful.

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Lessons in Clarity and Grace, which is both richer in the similar advice it gives and more timeless in the ways it diverges from McCloskey. Avoid Cheap Typographical Tricks Jan 23, Jack Raia rated mccloskry really liked it. A valuable short guide for mastering the craft of academic writing! Chapter 13 Control Your Tone.

View all 8 comments. And some of the rules that she included were arbitrary, or at least fault arbitrary, which you can write another reviews. A short book jam packed with good advice though there were a few I did not agree with.

And speaking of those, what nonsense is this “basic necessity”? Oct 02, Phoebe Phelange rated it liked it Shelves: The book’s funniest moments are when she sneaks the mistakes that she is describing into her descriptions of them, as in edonomical chapter titled “The Order Around S Deirdre McCloskey is an adequate writer, which is to say, a better writer than almost all economists. Selected pages Title Page. My first manager at HP gave me this book to improve corporate communication, specificallyexecurice email structuring.


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Useful for the undergraduate who needs to learn how to write as a social scientist. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sep 08, Iworld rated it really liked it.

To be fair, there are many abuses of jargon and sesquipedalian vocabulary should I say “five-dollar words” as McCloskey does?

Overall Economical Writing was a quick, joyful read and it is also clear McCloskey had fun writing. For the record, McCloskey also seems to think we should write out our numbers as words, and gives equally little justification.

McClosky demonstrates what it takes to write clearly. We can do better, much better, than the say-what-you’re-going-to-say, elegant variation, inefficient economicql, boilerplate, incoherent paragraphs, impenetrable tables, unemphatic word order, straggling sentences, contrived triplets, verbosity, nominalization, passive verbs, barbaric neologisms, wfiting, five-dollar words, teutonisms, acronyms, this-es, and fractured idioms of modern economic prose.

This is one of the books you inevitably have to buy.

Economical Writing

A valuable short guide for mastering the craft of academic writing! Please try again later. I’ve gotten several papers back with red marks all over them. And oddly enough the ones with the least training in writing are the most didactic about how a paper looks – inhaled some sport of prescriptivism in eight grade and never let it go. Her main list of writing books is on pages 8 and 9, but she peppers recommendations throughout.


Chapter 1 Writing is the Economists Trade. McCloskey Snippet view – Write a customer review. McCloskey’s are all of the helpful kind.

Who sounds informal now?

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While I must admit I probably do overuse them, they are nonetheless tremendously useful. Chapter 24 Read Out Loud. They tend to be dry and uninviting. Writing Is Thinking 3. She taught for twelve years in Economics at the University of Chicago, and describes herself now as a “postmodern free-market quantitative Episcopalian feminist Aristotelian”. One of the best guides ever for writing clearly. Preview — Economical Writing by Deirdre N. Refresh and try again. If you are so pressed for time but still feel the need to read a style book that you cannot bear to pick one that is over pages up, this is the text for you.

I mandate it for my health policy doctoral students. Evidently Deirdre McCloskey did.

For instance, when she writes about how astronomers attempting to understand the motion of the sun, they would do well to stop saying the sun is “rising.

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