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Discursive collapse – discursive reversal: the micro-foundations

I’ve written about the phenomenon of discursive collapse several times on Troppo. The engine behind the phenomenon is the desire of the discipline to get on with what it’s been doing – filling out some well recognised and somehow aesthetically pleasing … Continue reading

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Discursive Collapse

In the second of what is turning into a great series of posts Richard Green has been discussing economic methodology with a bunch of us, most particularly Paul Frijters. In the last post Richard says this: The 1st generation of … Continue reading

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The ghost of Descartes: Why is economics so uninterested in practical problem solving?

Initially published as Part One. Now with the final two sections added. Minds are not for thinking, traditionally conceived, but for doing, for getting things done in the world in real time Wilson and Foglia, “Embodied Cognition“, Stanford Encyclopedia of … Continue reading

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Care: the essay

This essay is the third of three starting with my essay on the Evaluator General in two parts followed by an essay responding to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into competition in human services. Part One A couple of days ago I came upon care ethics via … Continue reading

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Economists as engineers and humbler, better scientists

Here’s a paragraph I wrote about fifteen years ago. The culture of economic expertise places inadequate weight on integrating insights from multiple perspectives, that it frequently places an unreasonably high ‘burden of proof’ on heterodox views, and that it has … Continue reading

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The Origins of Homo Economicus

The New Yorker has just produced this profile of Paul Krugman. In it we read the following passage. It isnt that freshwater types believe that actual people are perfectly rationalthey just believe that making that assumption enables a more rigorous … Continue reading

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