According to the German minister of finance we ought to ignore the doomsayers and instead rejoice because of. While the crisis continues to reverberate, the eurozone is clearly on the mend both structurally and cyclically. Jesper Jespersen s Macroeconomic methodology: The increase in house loans — and house prices — in Sweden has for many years been among the steepest in the world. The beauty of this procedure is of course that if the Cowells ex har gatt vidare premises are true, the conclusions necessarily follow.
The snag is that if the models are to be relevant, we also have to argue that their precision and rigour still holds when they are applied to real-world situations. So how should we evaluate the search for ever greater precision and the concomitant arsenal of mathematical and formalist models?
To a large extent, the answer hinges on what we want our models to perform and how we basically understand the world. For Keynes the world in which we live is inherently uncertain and quantifiable probabilities are the exception rather than the rule. The world as we know it, has limited scope for
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To search for precision and rigour in such a world is self-defeating, at least if precision and rigour are supposed to assure external validity.
The only way to defend such an endeavour is to take a blind eye to ontology and restrict oneself to prove things in closed model-worlds. Why we should "Cowells ex har gatt vidare" about these and not ask questions of relevance is hard to see. We have to at least justify our disregard for the gap between the nature of the real world and our theories and models of it. Even if there always has to be a trade-off between theory-internal validity and external validity, we have to ask ourselves if our models are relevant.
Logic is a marvellous tool in mathematics and axiomatic-deductivist systems, but a poor guide for action in real-world systems, in which concepts and entities are without clear boundaries and continually interact and overlap.
The models and methods we choose to work with have to be in conjunction with the economy as it is situated and structured. Epistemology has to be founded on ontology.
Deductivist closed-system theories, as all the varieties of the Walrasian general equilibrium kind, could perhaps adequately represent an economy showing closed-system characteristics. But since Cowells ex har gatt vidare economy clearly has more in common with an open-system ontology we ought to look out for other theories — theories who are rigorous and precise in the meaning that they can be deployed for enabling us to detect important causal mechanisms, capacities and tendencies pertaining to deep layers of the real world.
Rigour, coherence and consistency have to be defined relative to the entities for which they are supposed to apply. Too often they have been restricted to questions internal to the theory or model. But clearly the nodal point has to concern external questions, such as how our theories and models relate to real-world structures and relations.
Applicability rather than internal validity ought to be the arbiter of taste. Second, she could place a call to a friend or relative, a person whom, before the show, she had singled out as one of the smartest people she knew, and ask him or her for the answer. And third, she could poll the studio audience, which would immediately cast its votes by computer. Everything we think we know about intelligence suggests that the smart individual would offer the most help.
But they paled in comparison to the audiences. Those random crowds of people with nothing better to do on a weekday afternoon than sit in a TV studio picked the right answer 91 percent of the time.
When finance professor Jack Treynor ran the experiment in his class with a jar that held beans, the group estimate was Only one of the fifty-six people in the class made a better guess. There are two lessons to draw from these experiments. First, in most of them the members of the group were not talking to each other or working on a problem together. In many perhaps most cases, there will be a few people who do better than the group.
This is, in some sense, a good thing, since especially in situations where there is an incentive for doing well like, say, the stock market it gives people reason to keep participating. But there is no evidence in these studies that certain consistently outperform the group.
But they will not be the same students each time. The simplest way to get reliably good answers is just to ask the group each time.
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Cambridge University Press — that more than 80 percent of respondents said that it was. Richard Lipsey has been kind enough to send me an e-mail commenting on my article on rational expectations in a recent issue of the Real-World Economics Review.
Lipsey also forwarded a chapter he has written for a forthcoming book on Mark Blaug: After all, the simple assertion that there will be a recession next year is a testable prediction but not even a theory ….
Mark was always critical of what he called Blaug It then does not make sense to ask which of the assumptions is causing the trouble if a theory that seemed to accord with the facts no longer does so ….
I answer that when we use the comparative static properties of an competitive equilibrium to generate predictions and policy prescriptions concerning real market economies, we are merely taking shots in the dark since no one has any idea of the comparative static properties of a model that captures the realities of the market structures and behavioural modes that characterise any real economy.
That market economies, buttressed by appropriate institutions, are self-organising is beyond question. So is the observation that they are more efficient than the alternative of running them solely according to the commands of bureaucrats — a question that was settled beyond doubt in the 20th century by the failed experiments in planned economies in the USSR and its satellite nations.
But just how efficient are the results of that self-organisation is much debated and, hence, so is the appropriate degree of mix between market determination and
Cowells ex har gatt vidare intervention. Issue 6 Can we learn anything about the efficiency of real-world market economies by studying the efficiency of Arrow-Debreu-style general equilibrium models? Some economists hold that although this idealised model of the competitive economy bears little relation to the economy in which we live, it nonetheless helps us to understand the virtues
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When discussing this issue, Mark wrote Blaug I stress that such policy advice is intuition- not theory-based. Many, perhaps most, teachers would argue that they stress the limitations of GE theory in general and the two fundamental theorems of welfare economics in particular. With time … With time everything goes away The one we adored, Whom we looked after in the rain The one we understood with a simple glance Between the words, between the lines And under the make-up of a disguised promise Which disappear into the night.
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There are many little incorrect interpretations, which derive from his lack of understanding of the history of ideas. Neoclassical Synthesis of Phillips of Phillips curve fame, but also of the hydraulic model of the British economy. Nothing further from the truth …. Note that conventional hydraulic models, including the sort of Cowles models like the Klein-Goldberger model of the US economy, put great emphasis on the estimation of parameters based on certain simplistic macro behavior.
Wynne took a very different approach to modeling than Klein-Goldberger. Krugman then says these models were abandoned because they failed in the face of the Great Inflation of the s, and because they did not deal with consumption in a coherent way. Here again he is wrong.
On a funny note at the end, Krugman reveals his misconception about the role of old ideas in the history of science, and economics in particular. Old love never rusts …. Ten years ago, in Septemberthe Swedish political elite asked its citizens if they wanted to join the eurozone.
New figures from Eurostat shows that the unemployment rate in the eurozone is still in double digits. This is of course totally and utterly unacceptable. Unemployment is not only an immense economic waste. It is also a cause of poverty. In a civilised society, everyone should have the right to work.
The kind of austerity policies that the euro now forces many countries to pursue, counteracts the goal of a full-employment society. The celebrated optimism of traditional economic theory, which has led to economists being looked upon as Candides, who, having left this world for the cultivation of their gardens, teach that all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds provided we will let it well alone, is also to be traced, I think, to their having neglected to take account of the drag on prosperity which can be exercised by an insufficiency of effective demand.
Looking around in euro-land today one has to ask oneself: How much whipping can democracy take? How many more are going to get seriously hurt and ruined before we end this madness and put the euro where it belongs — in the dustbin of history! Economists and political scientists, in particular, rely on deductive models and "Cowells ex har gatt vidare" tools that are vastly less robust and reliable than their practitioners claim. In a recent interview Robert Lucas says he now believes that. So, according to Lucas, changes in tastes and technologies should be able to explain the main fluctuations in e.
What shocks to tastes and technologies drove the unemployment rate up and down like this in these countries? Not even a Nobel laureate could in his wildest imagination come up with any warranted and justified explanation solely based on changes in tastes and technologies.
Lucas is simply so wrong, so wrong, but how do we protect ourselves from this kind of scientific madness? Larry Summers has a suggestion well worth considering:. Modern scientific macroeconomics sees a the? A great deal of the theoretical macroeconomics done by those professing to strive for rigor and generality, neither starts from empirical observation nor concludes with empirically verifiable prediction …. The typical approach is to write down a set of assumptions that seem in some sense reasonable, but are not subject to empirical test … and then derive their implications and report them as a conclusion.
it is usually admitted that many considerations are omitted, the conclusion is rarely treated as a prediction …. However,
Cowells ex har gatt vidare infinity of models can be created to justify any particular set of empirical predictions … What then do these exercises teach us about the world? Reliance on deductive reasoning rather than theory based on empirical evidence is particularly pernicious when economists insist that the only meaningful questions are the ones their most recent models are designed to address.
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