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The Methodology of Modern Macroeconomics and the Descriptive Approach to Discounting

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  • Koen Vermeylen

    (University of Amsterdam)

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    Critics of modern macroeconomics often raise concerns about unwarranted welfare conclusions and data mining. This paper illustrates these concerns with a thought experiment, based on the debate in environmental economics about the appropriate discount rate in climate change analyses: I set up an economy where a social evaluator wants to determine the optimal time path of emission levels, and seeks advice for this from an old-style neo-classical macroeconomist and a new neo-classical (modern) macroeconomist; I then describe how both economists analyze the economy, their policy advice, and their mistakes. I then use the insights from this thought experiment to point out some pitfalls of the modern macroeconomic methodology.

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    Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 13-200/VI.

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    Date of creation: 16 Dec 2013
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    Keywords: modern macroeconomics; methodology; descriptive; prescriptive; discount rate;

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