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  1. Lawrence Boland (forthcoming). Kuhn Vs. Popper by Way of Lakatos and the Cold War. Journal of Economic Methodology.
    David Hume’s Treatise on Human Nature famously fell `deadborn from the press’ because it was too far ahead of its time. Basu’s book is one of a number published in recent years that suggest we are at last ready to put its precepts into action.1 Modern game theory provides a framework that makes Hume’s insights genuinely applicable, and I totaly agree with Basu that this is not only the right way forward, but that it now looksincreasingly likely that this is (...)
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  2. Roberto Fumagalli (forthcoming). Five Theses on Neuroeconomics. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-20.
    Over the last decade, neuroeconomic research has attracted increasing attention by economic modellers and methodologists. In this paper, I examine five issues about neuroeconomic modelling and methodology that have recently been subject to considerable controversy. For each issue, I explicate and appraise prominent neuroeconomists’ findings, focusing on those that are claimed to directly inform economic theorizing. Moreover, I assess often-made assertions concerning how neuroeconomic research putatively advances the economic modelling of choice. In doing so, I combine review and critical arguments (...)
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  3. D. Wade Hands (forthcoming). Introduction to Symposium on Terence Hutchison and Economic Methodology. Journal of Economic Methodology.
    The article presents the author's perspectives regarding the book "The Significance and Basic Postulates of Economic Theory," by Terence Wilmot Hutchison. He emphasizes two important general themes that emerge from the symposium in total, the great breadth of Hutchison's contribution to economic methodology and a brief introduction on the four individual papers. He mentions some people including Roger Backhouse, John Hart and Ross Emmett as well as the comments of each about Hutchison's works.
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  4. Cyril Hédoin (forthcoming). Accounting for Constitutive Rules in Game Theory. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-23.
    Game theory and rules are deeply intertwined for at least two reasons: first, in many cases rules are necessary to break the indeterminacy that surrounds most of the games; second, in the past 30 years game theory has been increasingly used as a major tool to build a theory of social rules. Interestingly, though the concept of rules is now part of most game theorists' tool box, none of them has explicitly entertained the important distinction between regulative rules and constitutive (...)
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  5. S. M. Amadae & Daniel Lempert (forthcoming). The Long-Term Viability of Team Reasoning. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-17.
    Team reasoning gives a simple, coherent, and rational explanation for human cooperative behavior . This paper investigates the robustness of team reasoning as an explanation for cooperative behavior, by assessing its long-run viability. We consider an evolutionary game theoretic model in which the population consists of team reasoners and ‘conventional’ individual reasoners. We find that changes in the ludic environment can affect evolutionary outcomes, and that in many circumstances, team reasoning may thrive, even under conditions that, at first glance, may (...)
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  6. Leticia Arroyo Abad & Kareem Khalifa (forthcoming). What Are Stylized Facts? Journal of Economic Methodology:1-14.
    Economists use the term ‘stylized fact’ in many contexts, though the meaning of this phrase and the motivation for using such a concept is unclear. In this paper, we provide a philosophical analysis of stylized facts, which aims to be methodologically interesting and useful. While our framework applies to all principled uses of stylized facts, we illustrate its core features by applying it to Nicholas Kaldor's initial and exemplary use of stylized facts in growth economics.
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  7. Mauro Boianovsky (forthcoming). Between Lévi-Strauss and Braudel: Furtado and the Historical-Structural Method in Latin American Political Economy. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-26.
    The methodology of Latin American economic structuralism has been generally interpreted as an implicit extension of classic French structuralism of Claude Lévi-Strauss and others, without careful examination of the methodological pronouncements of Latin American economists and social scientists. The present paper provides a detailed treatment of how Latin American structuralist methodology was formed between the 1950s and 1970s, with emphasis on Celso Furtado's views. Furtado was influenced by both C. Lévi-Strauss's and F. Braudel's apparently incompatible approaches to structure and history. (...)
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  8. Ivan Boldyrev & Alexey Ushakov (forthcoming). Adjusting the Model to Adjust the World: Constructive Mechanisms in Postwar General Equilibrium Theory. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-19.
    Economic methodologists most often study the relations between models and reality while focusing on the issues of the model's epistemic relevance in terms of its relation to the ‘real world’ and representing the real world in a model. We complement the discussion by bringing the model's constructive mechanisms or self-implementing technologies in play. By this, we mean the elements of the economic model that are aimed at ‘implementing’ it by envisaging the ways to change the reality in order to bring (...)
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  9. David Colander & Huei-Chun Su (forthcoming). Making Sense of Economists' Positive-Normative Distinction. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-14.
    The goal of this article is to provide a slightly different spin on economists' use of the positive-normative distinction by providing some context for its use. The major difference is the following: philosophers and philosophically oriented economists, such as Hilary Putnam and John Davis, see the positive-normative distinction in economics as following from the logical positivist position, and they interpret comments made by economists as reflecting scientific methodological positions that have long since been repudiated by philosophers of science. This article (...)
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  10. Tyler Cowen & Robin Hanson (forthcoming). Are Disagreements Honest. Journal of Economic Methodology.
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  11. John Davis (forthcoming). The Idea of Public Reasoning:" The Idea of Justice" by Amartya Sen [Review]. Journal of Economic Methodology.
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  12. John Davis (forthcoming). Economists' Dreams: Review of Machine Dreams by Phillip Mirowski. [REVIEW] Journal of Economic Methodology.
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  13. Liliana Doganova (forthcoming). Economic Models as Exploration Devices. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-5.
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  14. D. Wade Hands (forthcoming). Reflecting on Three Reviews of Reflection Without Rules. Journal of Economic Methodology.
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  15. D. Wade Hands (forthcoming). The Philosophy of Natural Science Takes an Economic Turn: Review of Philip Kitcher's The Advancement of Science: Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions. [REVIEW] Journal of Economic Methodology.
  16. Daniel M. Hausman (forthcoming). Much Ado About Models. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-6.
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  17. T. Knudsen (forthcoming). General Selection Theory and Economic Evolution: The Price Equation and the Genotype/Phenotype Distinction, Forthcoming In. Journal of Economic Methodology.
  18. Axel Leijonhufvud (forthcoming). Theories and Models. Journal of Economic Methodology.
     
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  19. Ramzi Mabsout (forthcoming). Abduction and Economics: The Contributions of Charles Peirce and Herbert Simon. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-26.
    A constantly changing social reality means economic theories, even if correct today, need to be constantly revised, updated, or abandoned. To maintain an up-to-date understanding of its subject matter, economists have to continuously assess their theories even those that appear to be empirically corroborated. Economics could gain from a method that describes and is capable of generating novel explanatory hypotheses. A pessimistic view on the existence of such a method was famously articulated by Karl Popper in TheLogic of Scientific Discovery. (...)
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  20. Steven G. Medema (forthcoming). Economic Rebel in Retrospect. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-4.
    Mark Blaug's contributions to economics were many and significant. This essay provides a review of Mark Blaug: Rebel with Many Causes , edited by Marcel Boumans and Matthias Klaes, which collects papers from a set of conferences organized in Blaug's memory.
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  21. Josef Mensik (forthcoming). Mathematics and Economics: The Case of Menger. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-12.
    Carl Menger's methodology describes reality as neatly organized, being constructed additively from strictly regular simple elements called pure types. Such a conception of the world's structure seems to invite mathematical treatment. Yet, his economics is not a mathematical one, and he even explicitly rejected mathematical approach to economics. This apparent puzzle is explained by Menger's failure to deliver in his methodological writings a realistic portrayal of what he was actually doing in his economics. His implicit ambition to retain the full (...)
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  22. Attilia Ruzzene (forthcoming). The Limits of Inference Without Theory. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-6.
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  23. Armin W. Schulz (forthcoming). Firms, Agency, and Evolution. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-20.
    A recent trend in economics has been to appeal to evolutionary theory when addressing various open questions in the subject. I here further investigate one particular such appeal to evolutionary biology: the argument that, since markets select firms as coherent units, firms should be seen to be genuine economic agents. To assess this argument, I present a model of firm/office selection in a competitive market, and show that there are cases where markets can select for firms/offices as collective units – (...)
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  24. Paul Shaffer (forthcoming). Structured Causal Pluralism in Poverty Analysis. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-18.
    This article illustrates Sheila Dow's notion of ‘structured pluralism’ drawing on a recent empirical body of literature in which multiple research, or ‘Q-Squared’, approaches to causal analysis of poverty analysis have been used in the Global South. It maintains that understanding linguistic differences between schools of thought is quite integral to methodologically-aware critique and to improved methodological practice. The various strands in the Q2 literature together provide a case for methodological pluralism based on claims that knowledge is partial, empirical adjudication (...)
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  25. Robert Solow (forthcoming). Review of Thomas Mayer's Truth and Precision in Economics. [REVIEW] Journal of Economic Methodology.
     
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