The Development of a Cultural Economy: Foundational Questions and Future Direction

Human Economics, 2006

Posted: 6 Jun 2008

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Emily Chamlee-Wright

Beloit College - Department of Economics and Management

Abstract

At the center of all Don Lavoie search interests was his passion for understanding how social learning takes placehow society can achieve a level of intelligence and coordination that far surpasses the intelligence and abilities of any individual or group of individuals within society. In keeping with FA Hayek, Lavoie believed that cultural processes are central to questions regarding social learning. Lavoie has helped to launch a field of inquiry that I call here cultural economy. By describing Lavoie contributions to this research, this paper seeks to articulate the foundational questions the field of cultural economy ought to be asking, as well as articulate the potential advantages pursuing such an alternative approach holds for the economics discipline. After sketching out the scope of this emerging field of inquiry I suggest specific areas of research to which scholars interested in the field of cultural economy might turn their attention.

Keywords: cultural economy, social learning

JEL Classification: Z1

Suggested Citation

Chamlee-Wright, Emily, The Development of a Cultural Economy: Foundational Questions and Future Direction. Human Economics, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1141502

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Beloit College - Department of Economics and Management ( email )

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