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July 17, 2006

Tactful

Economists often say things that people regard as not quite tactful. You know, when a company goes bust or there’s a fire sale of assets in a bankruptcy, those sort of things, the economist’s reactions is often "Good. Needs to happen" rather than emoting with those undoubtedly harmed by it.

This appears to carry over into personal life as Alex Tabarrok points out:

My wife is going away for a couple of weeks and the kids are at camp. "Won't you be lonely?," she asked, "The house will be so quiet." Before I could properly think it through I replied, "Oh no, I'll enjoy the peace and quiet."  I could tell immediately that this was not the right answer.

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