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Closed models and open systems

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  • Brian J. Loasby

    (Department of Economics, University of Stirling, Scotland)

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The title of this paper may suggest a specific focus on the possibilities and problems of matching closed models and open systems; however, although the relationships between systems and the models that we seek to apply to them are indeed the primary topics, there is no assumption that all systems are open and all models closed. Instead, I shall be taking readers on a tour of other people’s ideas about openness and closure in our attempts to make sense of our environment and ourselves.

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Paper provided by SCEME in its series SCEME Working Papers: Advances in Economic Methodology with number 004/2003.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:sti:wpaper:004/2003

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Keywords: open-systems; knowledge; uncertainty; psychology;

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  2. Andrew Mearman, 2010. "What is this thing called ‘heterodox economics’?," Working Papers 1006, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  3. Victoria Chick & Sheila Dow, 2005. "The meaning of open systems," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(3), pages 363-381.
  4. Davide Consoli & Ronnie Ramlogan, 2008. "Out of sight: problem sequences and epistemic boundaries of medical know-how on glaucoma," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 18(1), pages 31-56, February.
  5. Ghosh, Dipak & Ruziev, Kobil, 2008. "Cost-Determined and Demand-Determined Prices: Lessons for the Industrialised World from Development Economics," Stirling Economics Discussion Papers 2008-22, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.

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