Economic Laws and Economic History

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This book is essentially an exercise in methodology, addressed to economists and economic historians alike. Too many economists discover a relationship or a uniformity in economic behavior, develop a model, and use it to explain more than it is capable of, including on occasion all economic behavior. In Economic Laws and Economic History Charles Kindleberger makes a powerful case against the idea that any one model or law could be used to unlock the basic secrets of economic ...

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Overview

This book is essentially an exercise in methodology, addressed to economists and economic historians alike. Too many economists discover a relationship or a uniformity in economic behavior, develop a model, and use it to explain more than it is capable of, including on occasion all economic behavior. In Economic Laws and Economic History Charles Kindleberger makes a powerful case against the idea that any one model or law could be used to unlock the basic secrets of economic history.

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"Professor Kindleberger's lectures, reminding us of the value of a more eclectic approach, are to be welcomed." Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521599757
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Raffaele Mattioli Lectures Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Engels' law; 2. The iron law of wages; 3. Gresham's law; 4. The law of one price; Discussion; Comments.

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