• If the dismal science is essentially about how to use scarce resources efficiently, this is indeed economics in action.

    ECONOMIST: Face value

  • The dismal science traditionally assumes that people know their own interests, and are best left to mind their own business.

    ECONOMIST: Affluence

  • Central bankers in plusher postings should find a moment to toast Mr Nicholl, and his efforts to pit the dismal science against the warrior's art.

    ECONOMIST: Building Bosnia on banknotes

  • Abundance is often a surprise — especially in the dismal science of economics, which gets its nickname from its ostensible definition: the study of the distribution of scarce resources.

    FORBES: Economic Abundance, Real and Imagined

  • Though its proponents of the dismal science, such as Ronald Coase, Milton Friedman and George Stigler, have earned it wider fame in recent decades, the university has produced just as many natural scientists of distinction.

    ECONOMIST: To natural assets add art, learning and fun

  • Because not only did most economists miss the crisis, they committed the even more pernicious sin of missing the recovery, essentially taking the Dismal Science to quadriplegic status from its prior condition of being merely hobbled.

    FORBES: The Age Of The Rockstar Economist Comes To An End

  • In a ranking of 15-year-olds in 30 industrialised countries in 2006, American teenagers came a dismal 21st in science and 25th in maths.

    ECONOMIST: The long, slow effort to set standards

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