Why Economics Should Be a Modest and Reasonable Science
AbstractUnlike the methodological sciences, such as mathematics and decision theory, which use the hypothetical-deductive method and may be fully expressed in complex mathematical models because their only truth criterion is logical consistency; the substantive sciences that have as their truth criterion the correspondence to reality, adopt an empirical-deductive method, and are supposed to generalize from often unreliable regularities and tendencies. Given this assumption, it is very difficult for economists to predict economic behavior, particularly major financial crises.
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method; modesty; neoclassical economics; probability; uncertainty;
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- Bresser Pereira, Luiz Carlos, 2012. "Why economics should be a modest and reasonable science," Textos para discussÃ£o 306, Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
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