Ohlin Lectures

Ohlin Lectures

Vol. 6

eBook - 1995
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MIT Press
Why do certain ideas gain currency in economics while others fall by the wayside? Paul Krugman argues that the unwillingness of mainstream economists to think about what they could not formalize led them to ignore ideas that turn out, in retrospect, to have been very good ones.

Krugman examines the course of economic geography and development theory to shed light on the nature of economic inquiry. He traces how development theory lost its huge initial influence and virtually disappeared from economic discourse after it became clear that many of the theory's main insights could not be clearly modeled. Economic geography seems to have fared even worse, as economists shied away from grappling with questions about space— such as the size, location, or even existence of cities—because the "terrain was seen as unsuitable for the tools at hand."

Krugman's book, however, is not a call to abandon economic modeling. He concludes with a reminder of why insisting on the use of models may be right, even when these sometimes lead economists to overlook good ideas. He also recaps the discussion of development and economic geography with a commentary on recent developments in those fields and areas where further inquiry looks most promising.

The Ohlin Lectures

Book News
Consists of heavily revised versions of three lectures the author (economics, Stanford U.) delivered at the Stockholm School of Economics in 1992, concerning the fall and rise of development economics, the problems of economic geography, and models and metaphors. 5.5x8". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Paul Krugman argues that the unwillingness of mainstream economists to think about what they could not formalize led them to ignore ideas that turn out, in retrospect, to have been very good ones.
Krugman examines the course of economic geography and development theory to shed light on the nature of economic inquiry. He traces how development theory lost its huge initial influence and virtually disappeared from economic discourse after it became clear that many of the theory's main insights could not be clearly modeled. Economic geography seems to have fared even worse, as economists shied away from grappling with questions about space - such as the size, location, or even existence of cities - because the "terrain was seen as unsuitable for the tools at hand."
Krugman's book, however, is not a call to abandon economic modeling. He concludes with a reminder of why insisting on the use of models may be right, even when these sometimes lead economists to overlook good ideas.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1995
ISBN: 9780585003245
0585003246
0262112035
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 117 p.) : ill

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