Canonizing Economic Theory

Canonizing Economic Theory

How Theories and Ideas Are Selected in Economics

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Historians of economic thought traditionally summarize, critique, and trace the development of existing theory. History of thought literature provides information about the authors, chronology, and relative importance of influential works. Generally missing from the literature, however, are answers to questions about why economic theory exists in its current form: Why have economists chosen the theories they have to represent the discipline's formal content? What are the criteria that determine the value of a theory, or of research in general; and, how have these criteria changed over time? In this insightful and well-written work, Christopher Mackie analyzes how ideas and theories are accepted in economics, from the pre-publication phase to the point at which, once written, a theory enters the accepted body of professional literature. Drawing from economics, the history of science, and philosophy, Mackie shows how both empirical and non-empirical criteria determine how theory will actually evolve.

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An analysis of the nature of research appraisal and theory selection in economics. The focus is on how a work enters the accepted and propagated body of professional literature. The author examines the hypothetico-deductive method, the philosophy of science and economics, prepublication appraisal and editorial selection, and bias in the post-publication theory choice process. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: London, England : M.E. Sharpe, c1998
ISBN: 9780585019857
Characteristics: 1 online resource (201 p.) : ill


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