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Economics Imperialism under the Impact of Psychology: The Case of Behavioral Development Economics

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On décrit en général l’impérialisme de la science économique par l’influence exercée par la science économique sur d’autres disciplines. Mais comment l’impérialisme de la science économique devrait-il être compris quand c’est le produit d’autres disciplines qui a une influence sur celle-ci ? Cet article examine l’impact de la psychologie sur l’économie dans le cas de l’émergence de l’économie comportementale du développement. Nous discutons alors de la nature de l’impérialisme de l’économie comportementale du développement associé aux explications, par les économistes du développement dans les termes de l’économie comportementale, des dimensions non marchandes de la vie dans les économies en voie de développement. Dans cet article nous soutenons que cette nouvelle forme d’impérialisme de la science économique reflète d’une part l’appropriation sélective par l’économie de la psychologie tirée de l’heuristique de Kahneman-Tversky et, d’autre part, biaise la perspective des comportements de choix ainsi que le rejet de la perspective de l’heuristique du groupe Gigerenzer-ABC. Cette appropriation sélective implique cependant que l’impérialisme de l’économie comportementale du développement fonctionne également comme un impérialisme social et culturel puisque ses recommandations politiques, fondées sur la théorie de l’utilité, imposent les valeurs économiques des sociétés libérales aux sociétés dont les économies sont en voie de développement. On pourrait dire ainsi que l’impérialisme de la récente économie-plus-psychologie fonctionne comme l’impérialisme des sciences sociales sous le leadership de la science économique.

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  • Davis, John B., 2013. "Economics Imperialism under the Impact of Psychology: The Case of Behavioral Development Economics," OEconomia, Editions NecPlus, vol. 2013(01), pages 119-138, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:nec:oecono:v:2013:y:2013:i:01:p:119-138_01
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    • B23 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Econometrics; Quantitative and Mathematical Studies
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology

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