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Implicit Theorizing: A Methodological Criticism of the Neo-Cambridge School


  • Wassily Leontief


I. Distinction between logical and methodological problems, 337. — II. Methodological pattern of a deductive theory, 339. — III. Implicit vs. explicit definitions, 342. — Fundamental limitations of implicit theories, 344. — IV. Examples of implicit theorizing: Joan Robinson's "corrected units," 346. — R. F. Kahn's theory of "ideal output," 347. — J. E. Hicks' generalized concept of elasticity of substitution, 348. — J. M. Keynes' concepts of aggregate supply and demand curves, 349.

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  • Wassily Leontief, 1937. "Implicit Theorizing: A Methodological Criticism of the Neo-Cambridge School," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 51(2), pages 337-351.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:51:y:1937:i:2:p:337-351.

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    2. Heinz D. Kurz, 2017. "Is there a “Ricardian Vice”? And what is its relationship with economic policy ad“vice”?," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 27(1), pages 91-114, January.
    3. Carlo Milana, 2019. "Refuting Samuelson's Capitulation on the Re-switching of Techniques in the Cambridge Capital Controversy," Papers 1912.01250,, revised Dec 2019.
    4. Akhabbar, Amanar, 2007. "Leontief et l'économie comme science empirique: la signification opérationnelle des lois [Leontief and economics as an empirical science: the “operational meaning” of laws]," MPRA Paper 30453, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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