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The Role of Theory in an Age of Design and Big Data

The Future of Economic Design, edited by Jean-Franois Laslier, Herv´e Moulin, Remzi Sanver, and William S. Zwicker., Forthcoming

9 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2017 Last revised: 16 Sep 2017

Matthew O. Jackson

Stanford University - Department of Economics; Santa Fe Institute; Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Date Written: September 2, 2017

Abstract

I discuss economists' views of what they do, and the particular roles of models and theory. The focus is on theory's role in the design of social and economic systems - past, present, and future.

Keywords: Economic Design, Economic Theory, Market Design, History of Economic Thought, Economists

JEL Classification: B16, D47, D40, D85, L14, O12, Z13

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Jackson, Matthew O., The Role of Theory in an Age of Design and Big Data (September 2, 2017). The Future of Economic Design, edited by Jean-Franois Laslier, Herv´e Moulin, Remzi Sanver, and William S. Zwicker., Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3031294

Matthew O. Jackson (Contact Author)

Stanford University - Department of Economics ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.stanford.edu/~jacksonm

Santa Fe Institute

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Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) ( email )

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