Titolo

L'evidenza empirica sul salario orario minimo

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Nell'articolo di MF c'è un passaggio illuminante, verso la fine, quando ci ricorda che 

"Keynes believed that economists (and others) could best contribute to the improvement of society by investigating how to manipulate the levers actually or potentially under control of the political authorities so as to achieve desirable ends, and then persuading benevolent civil servants and elected officials to follow their advice. The role of voters is to elect persons with the right moral values to office and then let them run the country."

Basterebbe questa non controvertibile osservazione per proibirne l'uso in Italia

Sante parole, sante parole davvero.

Ma in quel brano MF è chiaramente ironico/critico verso l'ingenua fiducia di JMK negli "honest & benevolent civil servants". Anche perché, subito dopo, il testo prosegue così:

From an alternative point of view, economists (and others) can best contribute to the improvement of society by investigating the framework of political institutions that will best assure that an individual government employee or elected official who, in Adam Smith’s words, “intends only his own gain . . . is . . . led by an invisible hand to promote an end that was no part of his intention,” and then persuading the voters that it is in their self-interest to adopt such a framework. The task, that is, is to do for the political market what Adam Smith so largely did for the economic market.

Queste sì che sono sante parole...