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Ronald Coase

Datum narození: 29. prosinec 1910
Datum úmrtí: 2. září 2013

Ronald Harry Coase je britský ekonom a emeritní profesor ekonomie na chicagské univerzitě práva. Poté, co studoval externí program londýnské univerzity v letech 1927 - 29, kde studoval společně s Arnoldem Plantem, začal navštěvovat London School of Economics. Coase promoval roku 1931 - obdržel titul B.Sc.. Svůj doktorát obhájil na téže univerzitě roku 1951. Ve stejném roce emigroval do USA. Nejprve začal vyučovat na univerzitě v Buffalu. V roce 1958 se začal učit na univerzitě v Virginii. Nakonec se usadil v Chicagu v roce 1964. Začal učit na tamější univerzitě a stal se redaktorem deníku Právo a Ekonomie. V roce 1991 obdržel Nobelovu cenu.


„Co se týče předpovídání budoucnosti mají ekonomové a meteorologové mnoho společného.“

„If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.“ Essays on Economics and Economists


„But a theory is not like an airline or bus timetable. We are not interested simply in the accuracy of its predictions. A theory also serves as a base for thinking. It helps us to understand what is going on by enabling us to organize our thoughts. Faced with a choice between a theory which predicts well but gives us little insight into how the system works and one which gives us this insight but predicts badly, I would choose the latter, and I am inclined to think that most economists would do the same.“ Essays on Economics and Economists

„An important reason may be that government at the present time is so large that it has reached the stage of negative marginal productivity, which means that any additional function it takes on will probably result in more harm than good…. If a federal program were established to give financial assistance to Boy Scouts to enable them to help old ladies cross busy intersections, we could be sure that not all the money would go to Boy Scouts, that some of those they helped would be neither old nor ladies, that part of the program would be devoted to preventing old ladies from crossing busy intersections, and that many of them would be killed because they would now cross at places where, unsupervised, they were at least permitted to cross.“

„Maandag stierf hij, 102 jaar oud: Ronald Coase, de man die zijn afkeer van de wiskundige modellen in de economie aldus formuleerde: 'Als je de gegevens maar lang genoeg martelt, zullen ze toegeven'.“

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