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Dilemas de un teórico económico

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  • Ariel Rubinstein

    () (Universidades de Tel Aviv y Nueva York)

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What on earth are economic theorists like me trying to accomplish? The paper discusses four dilemmas encountered by an economic theorist: i) the dilemma of absurd conclusions: should we abandon a model if it produces absurd conclusions or should we regard a model as a very limited set of assumptions which will inevitably fail in some contexts?; ii) the dilemma of responding to evidence: should our models be judged according to experimental results?; iii) the dilemma of model-less regularities: should models provide the hypothesis for testing or are they simply exercises in logic which have no use in identifying regularities?, and iv) the dilemma of relevance: do we have the right to offer advice or to make statements which are intended to influence the real world?

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  • Ariel Rubinstein, 2006. "Dilemas de un teórico económico," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 8(14), pages 191-213, January-J.
  • Handle: RePEc:rei:ecoins:v:8:y:2006:i:14:p:191-213
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    Keywords

    dilemmas; economic theory; absurd conclusions; relevance;

    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values

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