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[Comment] Offline: Why we must learn to love economists

George Bernard Shaw once remarked that, “If all economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.” Since the global financial crisis of 2007–08, economists have suffered a sharp loss of intellectual confidence. Some critics have rejoiced. Yet the fact remains that economics is the discipline that orders our world. Its locus of influence is the national Treasury. It is finance ministers who have the most decisive say about a country’s priorities. For health advocates, we have two choices.