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The Most Important Economic Idea

(October 13, 2016 07:47 PM, by David Henderson) Questioner: If there was one economic idea you could explain to everyone on earth, what would it be? Economist Steve Horwitz: The idea that prices are knowledge surrogates. Prices aren't mere numbers--they are [a] form of communication that goes beyond... (0 COMMENTS)
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