How Economics Should Be Done
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How Economics Should Be Done

Essays on the Art and Craft of Economics

David C. Colander and Huei-Chun Su

David Colander has been writing about economic methodology for over 30 years, but he goes out of his way to emphasize that he does not see himself as a methodologist. His pragmatic methodology is applicable to what economists are doing and attempts to answer questions that all economists face as they go about their work. The articles collected in this volume are divided, with the first part providing a framework underlying Colander’s methodology and introducing Colander’s methodology for economic policy within that framework. Part two presents Colander’s view on the methodology for microeconomics, while part three looks at Colander’s methodology for macroeconomics. The book closes with discussions of broader issues.
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Chapter 7: A failure to communicate: the fact-value divide and the Putnam-Dasgupta debate

Essays on the Art and Craft of Economics

Huei-Chun Su and David Colander

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This paper considers the debate between economists and philosophers about the role of values in economic analysis by examining the recent debate between Hilary Putnam and Sir Partha Dasgupta. It argues that although there has been a failure to communicate there is much more agreement than it seems.

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