Economic Inquiry · Volume 23, Issue 2 · Economic Inquiry banner. ECONOMICAL WRITING. DONALD McCLOSKEY. *Department of Economics and of History. The book Economical Writing, Third Edition: Thirty-Five Rules for Clear and Persuasive Prose, Deirdre N. McCloskey is published by University of Chicago. McCloskey, Donald, Economical Writing, Economic Inquiry, (Apr.) p. Page 2. McCloskey, Donald, Economical Writing, Economic Inquiry,

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Everyone, economist or not, comes equipped with a vocabulary for the economy. Is this language English and not the Academic Official Style?

I mandate it for my health policy doctoral students.

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Exempli gratia doesn’t really add much that “for example” wouldn’t, but a priori is pretty hard to get around the best I’ve seen is wrtiing to use “prior”, which barely cloaks the Latin.

If you want axioms, go to Strunk and White’s Elements of Style which is also wittier than you might expect. And some of the rules that she included were arbitrary, mcccloskey at least fault arbitrary, which you can write another mccloskfy. During the first chapters you don’t really know where the author is going or how her explanatory way is, but once you get it, the book flows smoothly.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The writing itself is concise and down-to-earth making the reading very enjoyable. Jan 02, Rachel Crowley rated it really liked it. I’ve gotten several papers back with red marks all over them.


I shall quote her at length: Somewhat outdated in parts seriously, two spaces after a period?? Learn more about Amazon Prime. As any writer either already knows or has yet to learn, writing is a process of constantly disciplining yourself, and of avoiding the various pitfalls that can trap you when you’re engrossed. Does McCloskey write with a sense that is also a sense of humor?

Not sure if it is mcfloskey as fun as the Game of Thrones, but there is definitely less death involved. Write Early Rather Than Late 9. Write a customer review. Economical Writing walks this line fairly well on the whole.

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Who knew that I could finish 90 pages of advise about how to write? At least cognitive scientists have the excuse that our scientific understanding of the mind is very poor, and we are basically unable to bridge the gulf between low-level neural operations and high-level thoughts and behaviors.

Mar 29, Bill Zhou rated it it was amazing Shelves: Customers who bought this item also bought. My first manager at HP gave me this book to improve corporate communication, specificallyexecurice email structuring. While I must admit I probably do overuse them, they are nonetheless tremendously useful.

This is not the best style guide of ever read. Request Faculty Examination Copy. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

Sep 15, Vysloczil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Two spaces after a comma is barbaric This deserves four stars, but lost one due to the completely baffling decision to advise readers to include two spaces after a comma. If you are so pressed for time but still feel the need to read a style book that you cannot bear to pick one that is over pages up, this is the text for you.


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Near the end of the book McCloskey really jumps off the rails, venturing into curmudgeon territory. Her main list of writing books is on pages 8 and 9, but she peppers recommendations throughout. Fluency Can Be Achieved by Grit 8. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Showing of 68 reviews. McCloskey also objects to two other constructions I use quite frequently, namely the parenthetical remark like this—and this dash variant I’m sure you’ve also seen me use and the emphatic italic. A valuable short guide for mastering the craft of academic writing!

By the way, NASA issues precise predictions of sunrises not only on Earth but also on Mars; I think they’d be a bit confused by the assertion that real astronomers do not say the sun “rises”. Her thirty-one rules, offered with wit and delightful brevity, include the essential warning that though rules can help, bad rules hurt.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. A valuable short guide for mastering the craft of academic writing!