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Natural economic quantities and their measurement

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This paper discusses and develops an important distinction drawn by Jevons, viz . that between natural and fictitious quantities. This distinction provides a basis for a theory of economic concept formation that aims at picking out families of models that are phenomenally adequate, explanatory and exact simultaneously. Essentially, the theory demands of an economic quantity to be natural that (1) it is explained by a causal model, (2) it is measurable and (3) the measurement procedure is justified. The proposed theory is tested against two case studies, one historical and one contemporary.

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  • Julian Reiss, 2001. "Natural economic quantities and their measurement," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(2), pages 287-311.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jecmet:v:8:y:2001:i:2:p:287-311
    DOI: 10.1080/13501780110047327
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    1. González, Germán, 2006. "A Growth Theory and Competitiveness Gains Measure Linkage," MPRA Paper 143, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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