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The Morality of Economic Behaviour: Economics as Ethics

The Morality of Economic Behaviour: Economics as Ethics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Vangelis Chiotis
July 03, 2020

The links between self-interest and morality have been examined in moral philosophy since Plato. Economics is a mostly value-free discipline, having lost its original ethical dimension as described by Adam Smith. Examining moral philosophy through the framework provided by economics offers new...

The Philosophy of Causality in Economics: Causal Inferences and Policy Proposals

The Philosophy of Causality in Economics: Causal Inferences and Policy Proposals

1st Edition

Mariusz Maziarz
May 27, 2020

Approximately one in six top economic research papers draws an explicitly causal conclusion. But what do economists mean when they conclude that A ‘causes’ B? Does ‘cause’ say that we can influence B by intervening on A, or is it only a label for the correlation of variables? Do quantitative...

The Nature and Method of Economic Sciences: Evidence, Causality, and Ends

The Nature and Method of Economic Sciences: Evidence, Causality, and Ends

1st Edition

Ricardo F. Crespo
March 06, 2020

The Nature and Method of Economic Sciences: Evidence, Causality, and Ends argues that economic phenomena can be examined from five analytical levels: a statistical descriptive approach, a causal explanatory approach, a teleological explicative approach, a normative approach and, finally, the level...

Amartya Sen and Rational Choice: The Concept of Commitment

Amartya Sen and Rational Choice: The Concept of Commitment

1st Edition

Mark S. Peacock
September 26, 2019

Are human beings motivated exclusively by self-interest? The orthodox theory of rational choice in economics thinks that they are. Amartya Sen disagrees, and his concept commitment is central to his vision of an alternative to mainstream rational choice theory. This book examines commitment as it...

A Structuralist Theory of Economics

A Structuralist Theory of Economics

1st Edition

Adolfo García de la Sienra
January 08, 2019

Economists have long grappled with the problem of how economic theories relate to empirical evidence: how can abstract mathematized theories be used to produce empirical claims? How are such theories applied to economic phenomena? What does it mean to “test” economic theories? This book introduces,...

Economics and Performativity: Exploring Limits, Theories and Cases

Economics and Performativity: Exploring Limits, Theories and Cases

1st Edition

Nicolas Brisset
July 31, 2018

Economists do more than merely describe an external economic world. They shape it in the image of their theories and models. This idea, following the philosophy of language, puts forward that economic theories are performative, and not only descriptive. This idea has become a powerful critique of...

The Individual and the Other in Economic Thought

The Individual and the Other in Economic Thought

1st Edition

Ragip Ege, Herrade Igersheim
July 30, 2018

The Philosophy of Economics primarily considers the economic agent as a moral subject. Economics, however, has long overlooked the agent’s moral – that is to say, reasonable – dimension, to focus instead on the strictly rational. This volume seeks to address this neglected topic through...

Philosophy of Mathematics and Economics: Image, Context and Perspective

Philosophy of Mathematics and Economics: Image, Context and Perspective

1st Edition

Thomas A. Boylan, Paschal F. O'Gorman
March 07, 2018

With the failure of economics to predict the recent economic crisis, the image of economics as a rigorous mathematical science has been subjected to increasing interrogation. One explanation for this failure is that the subject took a wrong turn in its historical trajectory, becoming too...

Economics for Real: Uskali Mäki and the Place of Truth in Economics

Economics for Real: Uskali Mäki and the Place of Truth in Economics

1st Edition

Aki Lehtinen, Jaakko Kuorikoski, Petri Ylikoski
November 11, 2016

This book provides the first comprehensive and critical examination of Mäki’s realist philosophy of economics....

Philosophical Problems of Behavioural Economics

Philosophical Problems of Behavioural Economics

1st Edition

Stefan Heidl
May 10, 2016

The goal of behavioural economics is to improve the explanatory and predictive power of economics. This can be achieved by using theoretical and methodological resources of psychology. Its fundamental idea is that the relationship between psychology and economics cannot be subsumed under standard...

Applied Economics and the Critical Realist Critique

Applied Economics and the Critical Realist Critique

1st Edition

Paul Downward
March 03, 2016

This intriguing new book examines and analyses the role of critical realism in economics and specifically how this line of thought can be applied to the real world. With contributions from such varying commentators as Sheila Dow, Wendy Olsen and Fred Lee, this new book is unique in its approach and...

Representation and Structure in Economics: The Methodology of Econometric Models of the Consumption Function

Representation and Structure in Economics: The Methodology of Econometric Models of the Consumption Function

1st Edition

Hsiang-Ke Chao
December 02, 2014

This book provides a methodological perspective on understanding the essential roles of econometric models in the theory and practice. Offering a comprehensive and comparative exposition of the accounts of models in both econometrics and philosophy of science, this work shows how econometrics and...

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