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The Dismal Scientist is a student-run publication of economics from the Marshall (Economics) Society of the University of Cambridge.
The Dismal Scientist
Who we are
The Dismal Scientist is a student-run publication of economics from the Marshall (Economics) Society of the University of Cambridge. The magazine is the collective effort of student volunteers, and our aim is to become a leading international forum that fosters student discourse on anything economics-related.
Formerly The Cambridge Economist, the magazine was renamed The Dismal Scientist in 2013 in an attempt to breach the confines of Cambridge and broaden the horizon for ideas – for the ideas of economists…both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood…Indeed the world is ruled by little else (J.M. Keynes, General Theory 1936).
The Cambridge Economist had a long-running history and boasted the contribution of prominent economists the likes of David Card, John Kay, and Gregory Mankiw, in addition to those of contemporary Cambridge scholars. With the relaunch of the magazine in its new form, we hope it will be taken to even greater heights.
Why the name?
In the 19th century Thomas Carlyle, a Victorian historian, coined the derogatory term Dismal Science to describe Economics in response to Malthus' prediction of famine and disease as "preventive checks" to population growth. Today, Dismal Science perhaps takes on a different meaning – not so much dismal in predictions, but dismal in its failure to predict. In the wake of yet another economic catastrophe, it is only appropriate that this name be used to remind us of the long way Economics still has to go.
The magazine is divided into different sections that cater to different writing styles and contents of different types:
Articles from the editorial team and the Marshall Society committee.
See Submissions page.
See Submissions page.
Articles from our affiliates The Marshall Economics Research Group.
Outstanding articles taken from our yearly Essay Competition for A-level or equivalent students.
Can I make a submission?
If you are of undergraduate level or above, of course! Consult the submissions page for details. (If you are still not at university, we publish outstanding articles taken from our yearly Essay Competition.)
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