Fact and Fiction in Economics: Models, Realism and Social Construction

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Uskali Mäki, Uskali Maki
Cambridge University Press, 12. des. 2002 - 384 sider
There is an embarrassing polarization of opinions about the status of economics as an academic discipline, as reflected in epithets such as the Dismal Science and the Queen of the Social Sciences. This collection brings together some of the leading figures in the methodology and philosophy of economics to provide a thoughtful and balanced overview of the current state of debate about the nature and limits of economic knowledge. Authors with partly rival and partly complementary perspectives examine how abstract models work and how they might connect with the real world, they look at the special nature of the facts about the economy, and they direct attention towards the academic institutions themselves and how they shape economic research. These issues are thus analysed from the point of view of methodology, semantics, ontology, rhetoric, sociology, and economics of science.
 

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Innhold

Ugly currents in modern economics
35
Modern economics and its critics
57
Some nonreasons for nonrealism about economics
90
the status of theoretical models
107
The limits of causal order from economics to physics
137
Econometrics and reality
152
Models stories and the economic world
178
scientific methods
202
Rational choice functional selection
231
The reality of common cultures
257
Hayek and cultural evolution
285
John Mills early struggles
304
You shouldnt want a realism if you have a rhetoric
329
truthseekers or rentseekers?
356
Index
376
Opphavsrett

Truthlikeness and economic theories
214

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USKALI M KI is Professor at Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Academic Director of the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics.

USKALI M KI is Professor at Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Academic Director of the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics.

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