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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I shall quote her at length: Exempli gratia doesn’t really add much that “for example” wouldn’t, but a priori is pretty hard to get around the best I’ve seen is simply to use “prior”, which barely cloaks the Latin. But honestly, the way McCloskey sneers at words like fair and just makes me think that the folk understanding is on a more solid overall footing than hers.

But I would also recommend it to anyone interested in improving their writing quality. Avoid This, That, These, Those Economcal, Out Loud This is a strunk and white for the social science set, and using it to loo Most academics probably last took a class in writing their freshman year, maybe sophomore unless they are of the sort who found a way to test out of that.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: You Will Need Tools Understanding that irony well, McCloskey has imbued “Economical Writing” with just enough wit and excursus to make it pleasurable. Business people maintain their “profit margins”, probably “obscene” or “unwarranted,” by “passing along” a higher wage, which causes workers to demand still higher wages, in a “spiral. Showing of 68 reviews.

Perhaps we millennials have become so accustomed to reading numerals in our text—even where it arguably doesn’t belong, like “inb4” and “stop h8″—that it seems positively baffling to us to not use a number when a number is obviously what you mean.


Although some of her advice is a bit dated such as using two spaces after a period, question mark, or exclamation markmany are useful and would improve writing, if kept in mind. Yet as I have read some of the other reviews, the other reviewers are either dunces or deliberately twisting her words. Set up a giveaway. Chapter 18 Use Your Ear. Chapter 20 Avoid Elegant Variation.

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McCloskey is wary of rules, so instead she provides a list of heuristics. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Refresh and try again. This book provides ample opportunities to evaluate the reader’s writing.

Economical Writing by Deirdre N. McCloskey

Want to Read saving…. Students and young professionals who care about direct, clear expression should read this lucid, delightful gem by an author who practices what she advises. The book is also very short, which for a style manual is especially important; the longer you spend pontificating about how other people should write, the more likely you are to collapse into writting role of the curmudgeon, telling those damn kids to keep eeconomical his lawn.

It will get you going and improve your style. Her thirty-one rules, offered econmical wit and delightful brevity, include the essential warning that though rules can help, bad rules hurt.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Definitely worth looking back at when I’m writing some papers economicall semester. While many laymen and perhaps even astronomers wriging use sentence, “the sun is rising” casually, to understand the underlying mechanism, astronomers must begin to use terms such as time-space, inertia, and even include mathematical functions in order to more deeply understand astronomy. There are certain ways of writing that clearly do not work, and it may be useful to discuss them.


The chapters in this book address everything from the fundamental “Write in Complete Sentences” to the nuanced “Make Your Writing Cohere,” with clear tips on how to do so.

Review “Deirdre McCloskey’s Economical Writing, originally aimed to help economists write better, is in this second edition clearly a book that should be read by scholars in every field.

Students can learn to write so that the professor will know what they mean and, more important, professors can learn to write so that the rest of the world will know what they mean. And did you really mean to say that unions and corporations do not have bargaining power? McCloskey also objects economicao two other constructions I use quite frequently, namely the parenthetical remark like this—and this dash variant I’m sure you’ve also seen me use and the emphatic italic.

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Three suggestions that seemed particularly good are “write not mcclpskey that you can be understood, but so that you cannot be misunderstood”, “revise heavily”, and “visualize your target audience”. Open Preview See a Problem? Useful for the undergraduate who needs to learn how to write as a social scientist. The same, she argues, applies to economics.

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