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Ten years ago, the behemoth investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed. Its fall was the most high-profile symptom of the failings of economics practitioners, which collectively led to a global financial crisis. In the aftermath, countless articles, books and films were created outlining the hubris of economists and their inability to see the failings of their discipline. This led to much soul searching, defensiveness and disbelief.