Title

Economics: Between Prediction and Criticism

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

9-1-2014

CFDP Number

1958

CFDP Update Date

2016-02-01

CFDP Pages

50

Abstract

We suggest that one way in which economic analysis is useful is by offering a critique of reasoning. According to this view, economic theory may be useful not only by providing predictions, but also by pointing out weaknesses of arguments. It is argued that, when a theory requires a non-trivial act of interpretation, its roles in producing predictions and offering critiques vary in a substantial way. We offer a formal model in which these different roles can be captured.

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