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On the Robustness of Economic Models

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  • Francesco Guala

    (Department of Sociology & Philosophy, University of Exeter)

  • Andrea Salanti

    (Department of Management and Information Technology, University of Bergamo)

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We investigate the different ways in which the results of theoretical models can be ‘robust’. We identify three kinds of ‘robustness’: (1) robustness to changes in the model’s idealisations; (2) robustness to changes in the ‘background’ conditions; (3) robustness to changes in the implied causal mechanism. Each of these is discussed and illustrated by means of examples from economic practice.

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  • Francesco Guala & Andrea Salanti, 2002. "On the Robustness of Economic Models," Working Papers (-2012) 0208, University of Bergamo, Department of Economics.
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