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Why mathematics in economics?


  • Donald W. Katzner


This paper suggests that mathematics may have become so important in economics for four reasons: (1) to make use of existing human capital, (ii) to attain scientific respectability, (3) to help assure security with respect to claims of truth, and (4) because economics was created primarily by Western economists to understand Western economic behavior.

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  • Donald W. Katzner, 2003. "Why mathematics in economics?," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(4), pages 561-574.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:postke:v:25:y:2003:i:4:p:561-574
    DOI: 10.1080/01603477.2003.11051373

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    1. Miguel A. Duran, 2007. "Mathematical Needs and Economic Interpretations," Contributions to Political Economy, Oxford University Press, vol. 26(1), pages 1-16.

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