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How Economics Should Be Done


  • David C. Colander
  • Huei-Chun Su


David Colander has been writing about economic methodology for over 30 years, but he goes out of his way to emphasize that he does not see himself as a methodologist. His pragmatic methodology is applicable to what economists are doing and attempts to answer questions that all economists face as they go about their work. The articles collected in this volume are divided, with the first part providing a framework underlying Colander’s methodology and introducing Colander’s methodology for economic policy within that framework. Part two presents Colander’s view on the methodology for microeconomics, while part three looks at Colander’s methodology for macroeconomics. The book closes with discussions of broader issues.

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  • David C. Colander & Huei-Chun Su, 2018. "How Economics Should Be Done," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 17588.
  • Handle: RePEc:elg:eebook:17588

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    1. Chien, Fengsheng & Ananzeh, Mohammed & Mirza, Farhan & Bakar, Abou & Vu, Hieu Minh & Ngo, Thanh Quang, 2021. "The effects of green growth, environmental-related tax, and eco-innovation towards carbon neutrality target in the US economy," MPRA Paper 109664, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. David Colander, 2018. "The Scope and Method of Applied Policy Economics," The American Economist, Sage Publications, vol. 63(2), pages 132-146, October.
    3. Su, Huei-Chun & Colander, David, 2021. "The Economist As Scientist, Engineer, Or Plumber?," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Cambridge University Press, vol. 43(2), pages 297-312, June.

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