According to a recent New York Times article (January 23, 2015), when it comes to shaping public policy and debate, no scholar wields the authority of those who study the economy and economic activity. Before the rising economist influence, historians reigned supreme. Their voice still remains powerful, more so than those of social scientists and sometimes on a level with economists. You can read more about conversation shapers by following the link to the Times article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/upshot/how-economists-came-to-dominate-the-conversation.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&abt=0002&abg=0&_r=0

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