greentara wrote:"The idea that poverty is determined, defined and measured by a group of people mostly unaffected by it is an intriguing one. Numerous definitions and studies globally tell us what poverty is, how it is measured — extreme and the moderate (there are categories!). Though surprisingly, none of these definitions has been evolved by or in consultation with the poor themselves. The arrogance of economists is such that they endeavour and succeed, in some measure, to estimate and tell us how poor we should feel and why"
It's popular for left-leaning people to see the word "economist" as an evil term, but what they forget is that there are many different types of economists.
I think the economists who are resented are really just the ones who are consultants for big business or government. I had an economics professor in university who was not like this at all: he was very progressive in his political views and he truly cared about the poor and understood many of their issues (but needless to say, he wasn't a very popular professor in the economics department. He could only fight to maintain his territory...).
I would guess that there are many other unpopular economists out there who really care about people, and who in this economy, might even be among the poor themselves, despite their economic training.