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dc.contributor.authorAlexandrova, Annaen
dc.contributor.authorNorthcott, Roberten
dc.contributor.authorWright, Jacken
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-14T23:30:30Z
dc.date.available2020-08-14T23:30:30Z
dc.identifier.issn1350-178X
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/309256
dc.description.abstractThe history of methodology of economics has seen two different strategies. At times, methodologists have analyzed economics as a whole, ascribing to it a single epistemic approach and appealing to a standard against which this approach can be evaluated. At other times, they have pursued a more circumscribed enquiry, into how some specific technique common in economics can achieve one or more epistemic goal. Label the first strategy big-picture, and the second strategy fine-grained. Roughly speaking, the big-picture strategy prevailed up to the 1990s, but in the last thirty years the dominant mode has been fine-grained. We argue that recent developments in philosophy of science and in economics warrant a return to big-picture – but now reinvented. It should not inherit the old presumption that economics has a single method, or that there is a single criterion of ‘science’. Instead, it should focus on a new question, already intensely debated within the profession: is the organization of economics healthy and appropriate? This question is big-picture. Although any answer to it must ride on the back of fine-grained work, fine-grained work alone is not enough. It is also ripe for explicit and systematic examination by methodologists because a proper answer requires the skills and knowledge of our community. We illustrate how a revived big-picture strategy is fruitful for two controversies: how much effort to devote to rational choice modeling, and how economics is socially organized.
dc.description.sponsorshipJack Wright is a supported by the project QUALITY, funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 715530).
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.rightsAll rights reserved
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dc.titleBack to the big pictureen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage6
prism.publicationNameJournal of Economic Methodologyen
prism.startingPage1
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.56352
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-08-13en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1080/1350178x.2020.1868772en
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rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-08-13en
dc.contributor.orcidAlexandrova, Anna [0000-0002-3226-6044]
dc.contributor.orcidNorthcott, Robert [0000-0001-8791-8364]
dc.contributor.orcidWright, Jack [0000-0001-6003-4251]
dc.identifier.eissn1469-9427
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2021-01-12en
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rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2023-08-14


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