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Fact and fiction in economics : models, realism and social construction

Author: Uskali Mäki; MyiLibrary.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This collection provides a thoughtful overview of the debate about the status of economic knowledge.

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Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Uskali Mäki; MyiLibrary.
ISBN: 0521811171 9780521811170 052100957X 9780521009577
OCLC Number: 270769507
Notes: Proceedings of a conference held at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, November 14-15, 1997.
Description: xvi, 384 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Details: Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
Contents: I. Introduction: --
Dismal queen of the social sciences / Uskali Mäki --
II. Setting the scene: --
Ugly currents in modern economics / Mark Blaug --
Modern economics and its critics / Partha Dasgupta --
Some nonreasons for nonrealism about economics / Uskali Mäki --
III. Economic models and economic reality: --
Credible worlds: the status of theoretical models in economics / Robert Sugden --
Limits of causal order, from economics to physics / Nancy Cartwright --
Econometrics and reality / Kevin D. Hoover --
Models, stories, and the economic world / Mary S. Morgan --
Economic models and reality: the role of informal scientific methods / Roger E. Backhouse --
Truthlikeness and economic theories / Ilkka Niiniluoto --
IV. The constitution of economic reality: --
Rational choice, functional selection, and "empty black boxes" / Philip Pettit --
Reality of common cultures / Shaun P. Hargreaves Heap --
Collective acceptance and collective attitudes: on the social construction of social reality / Raimo Tuomela, Wolfgang Balzer --
Hayek and cultural evolution / Bruce Caldwell --
Putting evidence in its place: John Mill's early struggles with "facts in the concrete" / Neil De Marchi --
V. The institutions of economics: --
You shouldn't want a realism if you have a rhetoric / Deirdre N. McCloskey --
More things change, the more they stay the same: social realism in contemporary science studies / D. Wade Hands --
Economists: truth-seekers or rent-seekers? / Jesús P. Zamora Bonilla.
Responsibility: edited by Uskali Mäki.
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