What Was “It” That Robbins Was Defining?
AbstractThis paper argues that Robbinsâ famous definition of economics was of âeconomic scienceâ which he saw as only a narrow branch of the field of economics. Moreover, it was descriptive, not prescriptive, and was simply a statement that that was what economists were then doing in the science of economics. His prescriptive message was that policy belonged in the âpolitical economyâ branch of economics, and that the science of economics should avoid value judgments, but that political economy should include value judgments. That prescriptive message has been lost.
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Volume (Year): 31 (2009)
Issue (Month): 04 (December)
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- David COlander, 2009. "What Was “It” that Robbins Was Defining?," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0914, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
- David Colander, 2007. "What Was “It” that Robbins Was Defining?," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0706, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
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by Nicholas Gruen in Club Troppo on 2009-10-25 00:21:15
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