Econobloggers frequently use sarcasm and need better punctuation to make the prose flow better. For example, Paul Krugman wrote about the debt crisis:
“The new CBO numbers are out, and they scream “debt crisis? What debt crisis?””
This would be better if the first part of quote were marked as sarcasm:
“The new CBO numbers are out, and they scream, “¡¿Debt crisis? What debt crisis¿”
Economists need sarcasm because we have to constantly deal with absurd ideologies and dismal analysis. A bit of humor helps us point out the absurdities and maintain our sanity in dealing with depressing economic analysis. They don’t call it “the dismal science” for nothing.
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