UC Davis Working Paper No. 99-05
17 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 1999
Date Written: September 1999
This contribution to a Festschrift for Warren Samuels argues that in giving policy advice economists should seek diversification and consider the probability of error, and also the loss function and risk aversion. And since advocacy of a theory is in a relevant way like a policy decision, the same applies to theories. If this means employing contradictory theories, then that is consistent with rational behavior. In choosing a methodology, too, a sharp dichotomy of right and wrong is not useful, as the example of new classical reductionism illustrates. Similarly, there is a role for probabilistic pluralism in making value judgments.
JEL Classification: B4
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Mayer, Thomas, Some Practical Aspects Of Pluralism In Economics (September 1999). UC Davis Working Paper No. 99-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=181928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.181928