Seminar on Recent Developments in Economic Methodology.
Dr. Douglas Wade Hand
Outline and Reading List (* indicates a secondary reading)
1. Introduction – Background Material on Economic Methodology
a. Hands, D. Wade Reflection Without Rules (CUP, 2001) Chapter 1
*b. Hands, D. Wade (2008), “Philosophy and Economics,” in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition, S. N. Durlauf and L. E. Blume (eds.), London: Palgrave Macmillan, 410-20.
2. Two Special Topics
A. The Changing Relationship Between the Positive and Normative in Economics
a. Hands, D. Wade (2010), “The Positive-Normative Dichotomy and Economics,” in Philosophy of Economics, U. Mäki (ed.), Vol. 13 of D. Gabbay, P. Thagard and J. Woods (eds.), Handbook of the Philosophy of Science. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
*b. Hands, D. Wade “Normative Rational Choice Theory: Past, Present, and Future,” Working Paper, January 2011.
B. Gul and Pesendorfer on Economic Methodology
a. Gul, Faruk and Pesendorfer, Wolfgang (2008), “The Case for Mindless Economics,” in The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Handbook, A. Caplin and A. Schotter (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 3-39.
*b. Hands, D. Wade “Foundations of Contemporary Revealed Preference Theory,” Working Paper, August 2011.
*c. Ross, Don (2011), “Estranged Parents and a Schizophrenic Child: Choice in Economics, Psychology, and Neuroeconomics,” Journal of Economic Methodology, 18.
3. Other Topics and Concluding Thoughts.