Economics: Between Prediction and Criticism
50 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2014 Last revised: 1 Mar 2016
Date Written: February 24, 2016
We suggest that one way in which economic analysis is useful is by offering a critique of reasoning. According to this view, economic theory may be useful not only by providing predictions, but also by pointing out weaknesses of arguments. It is argued that, when a theory requires a non-trivial act of interpretation, its roles in producing predictions and offering critiques vary in a substantial way. We offer a formal model in which these different roles can be captured.
Keywords: Methodology, Models, Economic modeling
JEL Classification: B40, B41
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