CFDP 1958

Economics: Between Prediction and Criticism


Publication Date: September 2014

Update Date: February 2016

Pages: 50


We suggest that one way in which economic analysis is useful is by offering a critique of reasoning. According to this view, economic theory may be useful not only by providing predictions, but also by pointing out weaknesses of arguments. It is argued that, when a theory requires a non-trivial act of interpretation, its roles in producing predictions and offering critiques vary in a substantial way. We offer a formal model in which these different roles can be captured.


Methodology, Models, Economic modeling

JEL Classification Codes: B40, B41