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Mainstream economics: searching where the light is

Rogier De Langhe UGent (2009) JOURNAL OF POST KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS. 32(1). p.137-150
abstract
The starting point of this paper is the question of how to explain mainstream economics' great level of acceptance in the face of its poor empirical track record. An explanation is provided in terms of a combination of unification and, most importantly, inference to the best explanation. This paper asks whether the appeal of mainstream economics to inference to the best explanation is justified and as a consequence questions one of the main reasons for the dominance of mainstream economics today. The final section integrates the ideas from the previous sections into a general framework for explanatory pluralism.
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
unification, EXPLANATORY UNIFICATION, mainstream economics, explanatory pluralism, inference to the best explanation, POPULATION BIOLOGY, STRATEGY, SCIENCE
journal title
JOURNAL OF POST KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS
J. Post Keynes. Econ.
volume
32
issue
1
pages
137 - 150
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000271293800009
JCR category
ECONOMICS
JCR impact factor
0.333 (2009)
JCR rank
200/243 (2009)
JCR quartile
4 (2009)
ISSN
0160-3477
DOI
10.2753/PKE0160-3477320109
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
id
663049
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-663049
date created
2009-05-21 02:42:18
date last changed
2011-10-14 09:17:35
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  abstract     = {The starting point of this paper is the question of how to explain mainstream economics' great level of acceptance in the face of its poor empirical track record. An explanation is provided in terms of a combination of unification and, most importantly, inference to the best explanation. This paper asks whether the appeal of mainstream economics to inference to the best explanation is justified and as a consequence questions one of the main reasons for the dominance of mainstream economics today. The final section integrates the ideas from the previous sections into a general framework for explanatory pluralism.},
  author       = {De Langhe, Rogier},
  issn         = {0160-3477},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF POST KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS},
  keyword      = {unification,EXPLANATORY UNIFICATION,mainstream economics,explanatory pluralism,inference to the best explanation,POPULATION BIOLOGY,STRATEGY,SCIENCE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {137--150},
  title        = {Mainstream economics: searching where the light is},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2753/PKE0160-3477320109},
  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
De Langhe, Rogier. 2009. “Mainstream Economics: Searching Where the Light Is.” Journal of Post Keynesian Economics 32 (1): 137–150.
APA
De Langhe, R. (2009). Mainstream economics: searching where the light is. JOURNAL OF POST KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS, 32(1), 137–150.
Vancouver
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De Langhe R. Mainstream economics: searching where the light is. JOURNAL OF POST KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS. 2009;32(1):137–50.
MLA
De Langhe, Rogier. “Mainstream Economics: Searching Where the Light Is.” JOURNAL OF POST KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS 32.1 (2009): 137–150. Print.