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Economics and the Biologists: A Review of Geerat J. Vermeij's Nature: An Economic History


  • Joel Mokyr


This essay reviews and criticizes Vermeij?s Nature: An Economic History and places it in the context of evolutionary economics. Vermeij presents a natural history written in what he considers economic terms and argues that biologists should know more about economics. While the exchanges between economics and biology can sometimes be hazardous and misleading, quite a bit could be learned by economists from reading this book.

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  • Joel Mokyr, 2006. "Economics and the Biologists: A Review of Geerat J. Vermeij's Nature: An Economic History," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 44(4), pages 1005-1013, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:44:y:2006:i:4:p:1005-1013 Note: DOI: 10.1257/jel.44.4.1005

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    1. Richard R. Nelson, 1995. "Recent Evolutionary Theorizing about Economic Change," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 33(1), pages 48-90, March.
    2. Hirshleifer, Jack, 1977. "Economics from a Biological Viewpoint," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 20(1), pages 1-52, April.
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    1. Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, 2015. "Energy, growth, and evolution: Towards a naturalistic ontology of economics," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 119(C), pages 432-442.

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