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Cambridge's contribution to methodology in economics

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Dow S (2017) Cambridge's contribution to methodology in economics. In: Cord R (ed.) The Palgrave Companion to Cambridge Economics. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 27-49. http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137412324

Abstract
This chapter explores explicit contributions to economic methodology originating in Cambridge. These contributions were not all consistent with each other, the tensions being most evident in Marshall. Neville Keynes proved to be a major influence on the development of mainstream methodology. But there has been a more consistent methodological thread within Cambridge in the form of a ‘middle way’ (between inductivism and deductivism). This thread is traced from Newton, with a detour via Hume and Smith, through the development of economic methodology in Cambridge right up to the critical realism of the present day. Among the key figures considered here are Malthus, Marshall, and Maynard Keynes.

Keywords
Methodology; Cambridge; John Neville Keynes; John Maynard Keynes; Third way

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2017
Publication date online21/02/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/25165
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publisher URLhttp://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137412324
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN978-1-137-41232-4
eISBN978-1-137-41233-1

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Professor Sheila Dow
Professor Sheila Dow

Emeritus Professor, Economics