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Do economists suffer from physics envy?

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This paper summarizes and expands upon the thesis found in the author's More Heat Than Light (1989) that the origins and rise to dominance of the neoclassical orthodoxy has been intimately linked to the histOly of physics. Problems of »physics envy» include a certain contempt for the history of economics, a tendency towards the uncritical appropriation of a limited range of mathematical formalisms, and constant intrusions by physical scientists seeking to upgrade the scientific status of the discipline.

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  • Philip Mirowski, 1992. "Do economists suffer from physics envy?," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 5(1), pages 61-68, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:fep:journl:v:5:y:1992:i:1:p:61-68
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    1. Colander, David, 2003. "The Aging of an Economist," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Cambridge University Press, vol. 25(02), pages 157-176, June.
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