There was an interesting series of articles in the January 10, 2015 The Economist magazine. Boldly declaring that the field of economics is "A long way from dismal," the magazine posits that "A new breed of high-tech economist is helping firms crack new markets." Given the sullied reputation of economics since the onset of financial crises, this perspective, if true, would be a welcome development for the discipline.

As I read the articles, three perspectives on economics in the real world came to mind.

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