Robodebt was a scandal. Should economists bear some responsibility for it too?

How did the Robodebt scandal happen in Australia?

The Royal Commissioner Catherine Holmes, former Queensland Supreme Court chief justice, says we need to change our social attitudes to people receiving welfare payments so it doesn’t happen again.

She said politicians must lead the cultural change, given their unique position in the community.

But what about economists too?

Because economists are the ones who built the theoretical framework that has lent intellectual “credibility” to the idea that we need hundreds of thousands of people to be unemployed to keep inflation under…

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