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Noción y tareas de la economía, su carácter normativo y sus conexiones con la ética


  • Ricardo F. Crespo

    (IAE, Universidad Austral - CONICET)


This work appraises the tasks generally attributed to economics: description, explanation, prediction and prescription of economic phenomena. It will be shown that the last one, the normative task, has great relevance. Thus, the normative character of economics will be deduced from rationality, and what is the most adequate rationality for economics will be analyzed. Finally, the relationship between ethical theories and the normative character of economics will be addressed

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  • Ricardo F. Crespo, 2002. "Noción y tareas de la economía, su carácter normativo y sus conexiones con la ética," Económica, Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, vol. 0(1-2), pages 27-49, January-D.
  • Handle: RePEc:lap:journl:526

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    JEL classification:

    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics
    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology


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