The Economics of Identity and the Identity of Economics?

Posted: 12 Mar 2009

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Ben Fine

University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Date Written: March 2009

Abstract

Drawing upon individual and social choice theory, the economic approach to identity associated with Akerlof and Kranton is critically assessed in terms of its own definitional and technical conundrums. This leads on to an external critique in terms of the limited extent to which identity can be addressed by mainstream economic methods. Indeed, the latter essentially sets aside the insights into the nature of identity that emerged with modernism, let alone postmodernism. As a result, the enterprise of constructing an economics of identity is set in the context of recent changes in, and disagreement over interpretation of, the identity of contemporary economics.

Keywords: Identity in Economics, Recent Developments in Economics, Economics Imperialism

JEL Classification: D01, D63, Z13

Suggested Citation

Fine, Ben, The Economics of Identity and the Identity of Economics? (March 2009). Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp. 175-191, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1357944 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/ben036

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