Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lars P. Syll — What it takes to make economics a real science

Robert Gordon quote that sums it up by attacking George Stigler's claim that rigor supersedes relevance in economics. This would make economics a branch of mathematics and logic rather than a science that describes the world of facts and events that has a history. 

Under Stigler's view, which is the dominant view in conventional economics, economics is not a "real" science like other sciences but that rather a bogus one that only looks like a science. 

Conventional economics is better categorized as applied mathematics instead of science, and conventional economists approach it as such. They should just call it by it right name and let others do economic science without criticizing them for prioritizing relevance over rigor.

Lars P. Syll’s Blog
What it takes to make economics a real science
Lars P. Syll | Professor, Malmo University

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