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Economics and Methodology
Crossing Boundaries
 
 
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This volume brings economics and methodology closer together through a series of six methodological case studies, each of which is discussed by practitioner in the relevant field, and a specialist in methodology. The objective is a better understanding of economics as a scientific discipline and insights into the way methodological discussion can inform practice. Among the topics discussed are: game theory, externalities, free riding, involuntary unemployment, the debate over stabilization policy, and the theory of consumer demand.


Description

This volume brings economics and methodology closer together through a series of six methodological case studies, each of which is discussed by practitioner in the relevant field, and a specialist in methodology. The objective is a better understanding of economics as a scientific discipline and insights into the way methodological discussion can inform practice. Among the topics discussed are: game theory, externalities, free riding, involuntary unemployment, the debate over stabilization policy, and the theory of consumer demand.


Contents

The International Economic Association
Acknowledgements
List of Participants
Abbreviations
Introduction; D.M.Hausman & U.Maki
Individualism and Equilibrium Co-ordination in Games; M.Jannsen Comment; A.Rubinstein
Comment: Individualistic Explanation and Strategic Justification; P.Mongin
Discussion
Free Riding as Mechanism; P.Salmon
Comment: Free Riders, Altruists and Rationality; S.Zamagni
Comment: Mechanisms, Models, and Free Riders; U.Mäki
Discussion
Learning From the Debate on Externalities; M.Lagueux
Comment: The Growing Role of Externalities in Economic Theory; A.Boitani
Comment: Assessing Human Interactions; D.M.Hausman
Discussion
Accounting for Involuntary Unemployment in Neoclassical Theory: Some Lessons from Sixty Years of Uphill Struggle; M.De Vroey
Comment: Involuntary Unemployment One More Time; A.Leijonhufvud Comment: Keynes, Marshall and Involuntary Unemployment; K.Hoover
Discussion
Monetarists and Keynesians on Central Banking: a Study of a Failed Debate; T.Mayer
Comment: Mayer's Version of the Monetarist versus Keynesian Debate; B.T.McCallum
Comment: Task Uncertainty in Economics; N.J.Wulwick
Discussion
Harold Hotelling and the Neoclassical Dream; D.Wade Hands & P.Mirowski
Comment; L.Hurwicz
Comment; N.Cartwright
Discussion
Final Discussion
Conclusions; R.E.Backhouse & A.Salanti
Index of Names
Subject Index


Authors

ROGER E. BACKHOUSE is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics at the University of Birmingham and an editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology.

DANIEL M. HAUSMAN is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was one of the founding editors of the journal Economics and Philosophy.

USKALI MÄKI holds a Chair in the Philosophy of Science, with special reference to Economics, at the University of Rotterdam, and is an editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology and on the editorial board of Economics and Philosophy.

ANDREA SALANTI is Professor of Economics at the University of Bergamo and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Methodology.