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European integration and economic methodology and research: Questions and speculations


  • Kurt Rothschild


This paper will discuss the role of methodology in connection with different theoretical approaches. It is shown that a multitude of paradigms is appropriate when dealing with complex developments such as integration. The question is raised whether it makes sense to discuss a special European approach. Divergent views exist, but some differences between a European and an American tradition seem to exist due to a continent-wide competition among U.S. economists and a more fragmented European scene. Closer integration and academic cooperation in Europe could result in a more unified research environment resembling the U.S. picture. However, the role of language differences must not be overlooked and can contribute to a continuing diversification. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 1999

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  • Kurt Rothschild, 1999. "European integration and economic methodology and research: Questions and speculations," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 27(3), pages 243-253, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:27:y:1999:i:3:p:243-253
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02299575

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    1. McCloskey, Donald N, 1983. "The Rhetoric of Economics," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 21(2), pages 481-517, June.
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