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The Overuse of Mathematics in Economics: Nobel Resistance

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  • Munir Quddus

    (University of Southern Indiana)

  • Salim Rashid

    (University of Illinois)

Abstract

Mathematics has become an integral part of 20th century economics. Mathematical techniques that were considered to be on the fringes of economics even a few decades ago are today considered mainstream economics. Economists presented considerable resistance in the past to the encroachment of mathematical methods in economics. This opposition in various forms continues today and may in fact be gaining momentum. This paper documents contemporary criticism of the overuse of mathematics in economics by, eminent mathematical economists and econometricians, especially Nobel laureates.

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  • Munir Quddus & Salim Rashid, 1994. "The Overuse of Mathematics in Economics: Nobel Resistance," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 20(3), pages 251-265, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:20:y:1994:i:3:p:251-265
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    1. Suzuki, Tomo, 2003. "The epistemology of macroeconomic reality: The Keynesian Revolution from an accounting point of view," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Elsevier, vol. 28(5), pages 471-517, July.

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    Keywords

    Economics; Economists;

    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • B23 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Econometrics; Quantitative and Mathematical Studies
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology

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