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Vision, judgment, and disagreement among economists

In: How Economics Should Be Done


  • David Colander


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 Colander, 2018. "Vision, judgment, and disagreement among economists," Chapters, in: How Economics Should Be Done, chapter 2, pages 11-24, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:elg:eechap:17588_2

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    1. Ronald G. Bodkin & Lawrence R. Klein & Kanta Marwah, 1991. "A History of Macroeconometric Model-Building," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 51.
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