The Methodology of Economics and the Survivor Principle Revisited and Revised: Some Welfare and Public Policy Implications of Modeling the Economic Agent

Review of Social Economics, Vol. 57, pp. 427-449, 1999

Posted: 17 Jan 2010

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

The focus of this paper is on the survival principle, as articulated by Milton Friedman, that dominates the methodology of the conventional wisdom either explicitly or implicitly. The survival principle is revised applying the behavioral approach to economics, which differs fundamentally with Friedman's methodology. This discussion is contextualized by a comparison of the different approaches to the modeling of economic agents and the substantive implications of this for theory and public policy and thereby for economic welfare and economic justice.

Keywords: Methodology, Survivor Principle, Welfare, Public Policy, Economic Agents, Friedman

JEL Classification: B41, I31

Suggested Citation

Altman, Morris, The Methodology of Economics and the Survivor Principle Revisited and Revised: Some Welfare and Public Policy Implications of Modeling the Economic Agent (1999). Review of Social Economics, Vol. 57, pp. 427-449, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1536807

Morris Altman (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle ( email )

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Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia

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