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Metaphors and Analogies in Institutional Economic Theory


  • Frolov, Daniil
  • Lavrentyeva, Anna


The article presents the critical review of physical and biological metaphors in the institutional economic theory. It is proved that physical (including mechanistic) analogies are most adequate for the associative characteristic of a statics and kinetics of institutional systems, and biological – for the figurative description of their evolution. Efficiency of use of metaphors and analogies from the most developed, vanguard areas of natural-science researches is shown.

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  • Frolov, Daniil & Lavrentyeva, Anna, 2014. "Metaphors and Analogies in Institutional Economic Theory," MPRA Paper 55011, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:55011

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    metaphors; institutionalism; institutions; path dependence; vacuum; field; impurities; niche construction; transplantation; genetics; evolution;
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    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary; Modern Monetary Theory;

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