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: 21 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 2018
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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