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CFP: WHAT TO MAKE OF HIGHLY UNREALISTIC MODELS?

CFP: WHAT TO MAKE OF HIGHLY UNREALISTIC MODELS?

Call for Papers WHAT TO MAKE OF HIGHLY UNREALISTIC MODELS? Workshop 12-13 OCTOBER 2017 http://www.helsinki.fi/tint/models2017 TINT Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Sciences University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland http://www.helsinki.fi/tint What to make of highly unrealistic models? This is one of the big questions in contemporary philosophy of science, especially in philosophy of economics and biology. Two sets of issues are relevant to answering this question. The first has to do with the ways in which…

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New Paper: Economic Models as Analogies by Itzhak Gilboa et. al.

New Paper: Economic Models as Analogies by Itzhak Gilboa et. al.

Gilboa, Itzhak; Andrew Postlewaite; Larry Samuelson & David Schmeidler (2011) “Economic Models as Analogies”, Penn Institute for Economic Research (PIER) Working Paper no.12-001, Online: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:pen:papers:12-001&r=cbe Abstract: People often wonder why economists analyze models whose assumptions are known to be false, while economists feel that they learn a great deal from such exercises. We suggest that part of the knowledge generated by academic economists is case-based rather than rule-based. That is, instead of offering general rules or theories that should be…

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Interesting discussion: 5 themes for Serious Economics!

Interesting discussion: 5 themes for Serious Economics!

5 suggested common themes for an Economics that takes its subject matter seriously by Bruce Edmonds Davies, Radford, Gelles, and Knibbe discuss Bruce Edmonds’ 5 suggestions Here is what interests me at the moment: the cluster of related models! Right now I am working on a paper (with Petri Ylikoski) which deals with the clustered nature of models in economics. (Our point concerns the philosophy of models.) So I’ll just note (for myself) the comments that relates to this issue….

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Models: Tools or Toys?

Models: Tools or Toys?

Here is another look at the role of models and simulations in social sciences: Tools of Toys? On Specific Challenges for Modeling and the Epistemology of Models and Computer Simulations in the Social Sciences by Eckhart Arnold. Available online, here!