Learn to speak ‘economeze’

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Anthropologist Keith Hart gave a wonderfully original presentation at the informality session at today’s PSD Forum. Among other things it sparked a very interesting debate on the relationship between informality, illegality and criminality. He also mentioned that in his years having to deal with development banks and economists he has become proficient in ‘economeze’: the art of learning to speak like an economist even if you don’t know about economics. He also credited three years at The Economist for teaching him to not only talk about economics as if he knew what he was talking about, but also to do so with unwavering confidence and assurance.

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