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Philosophy of economics

Author: Don Ross
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Series: Palgrave philosophy today.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Don Ross provides a concise and distinct introduction to the philosophy of economics for students in need of a short but engaging study of the main issues in the subject today. Ross offers his own provocative interpretation of the value of economics in science and public policy giving a unique perspective from a world authority.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Ross
ISBN: 9780230302976 0230302971 9780230302969 0230302963
OCLC Number: 861673117
Description: xvii, 341 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Philosophy of economics as philosophy of science --
Economics and its neighbors before 1980 --
The expansion of the economic toolbox --
How economics and psychology differ --
Economics as a social science What is economics fundamentally about? Some say 'money'. But that only applies, at a stretch, to macroeconomics. Others say 'incentivised choices'. Through a review of the history and methodology of economics, with special concentration on the past 60 years, the book shows why the second answer is more accurate. But this leads straight into another problem: psychologists study choices too. So how is economics different from psychology? The book explains this, by showing how economics is really about groups or populations of people. In clearly distinguishing economics from psychology, the book criticizes the current popular wave of behavioural economics, showing how many studies under that label confuse economics with psychology. But if economics is about structures of group response, then how is it different from sociology? The book shows how and why economics and sociology are currently converging, perhaps ultimately to form a single unified discipline fed by two distinct historical tributaries. --
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