Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lars P. Syll — Steve Keen, Noah Smith and heterodox ‘anti-math’ economics

Responding to the critique of his Bloomberg View post on heterodox economics and its alleged anti-math position, Noah Smith approvingly cites Steve Keen telling us there is
a wing of heterodox economics that is anti-mathematical. Known as “Critical Realism” and centred on the work of Tony Lawson at Cambridge UK, it attributes the failings of economics to the use of mathematics itself…
Although yours truly appreciate much of Steve Keen’s debunking of mainstream economics, on this issue he is, however, just plain wrong! For a more truthful characterization of Tony Lawson’s position, here’s what Axel Leijonhufvud has to say:
Lars P. Syll’s Blog
Steve Keen, Noah Smith and heterodox ‘anti-math’ economics
Lars P. Syll | Professor, Malmo University

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