Edited by Harold Kincaid and Don Ross

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics
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ISBN: 9780195189254
Pages: 688
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ISBN: 9780190846220
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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics is a cutting-edge reference work to philosophical issues in the practice of economics. It is motivated by the view that there is more to economics than general equilibrium theory, and that the philosophy of economics should reflect the diversity of activities and topics that currently occupy economists. Contributions in the Handbook are thus closely tied to ongoing theoretical and empirical concerns in economics.

Contributors include both philosophers of science and economists. Chapters fall into three general categories: received views in philosophy of economics, ongoing controversies in microeconomics, and issues in modeling, macroeconomics, and development. Specific topics include methodology, game theory, experimental economics, behavioral economics, neuroeconomics, computational economics, data mining, interpersonal comparisons of utility, measurement of welfare and well being, growth theory and development, and microfoundations of macroeconomics.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics is a groundbreaking reference like no other in its field. It is a central resource for those wishing to learn about the philosophy of economics, and for those who actively engage in the discipline, from advanced undergraduates to professional philosophers, economists, and historians.

Table of Contents

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  1.  The New Philosophy of Economics (Don Ross and Harold Kincaid)

Section 1: Received Views in Philosophy of Economics

  1. Laws, Causation and Economic Methodology (Daniel Hausman)
  2. If Economics Is a Science, What Kind of a Science Is It? (Alex Rosenberg)
  3. Realistic Realism about Unrealistic Models (Uskali Mäki)
  4. Why There Is (as Yet) No Such Thing as an Economics of Knowledge (Philip Mirowski)

Section 2: Microeconomics

  1. Rationality and Indeterminacy (Cristina Bicchieri)
  2. Experimental Investigations of Social Preferences (Jim Woodward)
  3. Competing Conceptions of the Individual in Recent Economics (John B. Davis)
  4. Integrating the Dynamics of Multi-scale Economic Agency (Don Ross)
  5. Methodological Issues in Experimental Design and Interpretation (Francesco Guala)
  6. Progress in Economics - Lessons from the Spectrum Auctions (Anna Alexandrova and Robert Northcott)
  7. Advancing Evolutionary Explanations in Economics (Jack Vromen)

Section 3: Modeling, Macroeconomics And Development

  1. Computational Economics (Paul Humphreys)
  2. Microfoundations and the Ontology of Macroeconomics (Kevin D. Hoover)
  3. Causality, Invariance, and Policy (Nancy Cartwright)
  4. The Miracle of the Septuagint and the Promise of Data Mining in Economics (Stan du Plessis)
  5. Explaining Growth (Harold Kincaid)
  6. Multisector Labor Market Models (Gary Fields)

Section 4: Welfare

  1. What is Welfare and How Can We Measure it? (Keith Dowding)
  2. Interpersonal Comparison of Utility (Ken Binmore)
  3. Subjective Measures of Well-Being: Philosophical Perspectives (Erik Angner)
  4. Facts and Values in Modern Economics (Partha Dasgupta)