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Sencillez y explicación en la teoría económica
[Simplicity and explanation in the economic theory]


  • Fernando, Estrada


The present paper, following the philosophical work of Robert Nozick, intends to develop the approach of simplicity in the economic investigation. This purpose contributes to structure a heuristic for projects of investigation that can serve like mark of discussion of grade projects in the departments of economy. The objective is the philosophy of the economy. We develop the following aspects basically: (1) An elucidation of the approach of simplicity in the academic investigation (2) Arguments in favor of the simplicity in the classic tradition from Adam Smith (3) An illustration of the pattern of explanation economic type invisible hand (4) We argue in favor of continuing with this focus

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  • Fernando, Estrada, 2010. "Sencillez y explicación en la teoría económica [Simplicity and explanation in the economic theory]," MPRA Paper 20669, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:20669

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    Heuristics; philosophy; epistemology; economic history.;
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    JEL classification:

    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics
    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • A2 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics
    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology


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