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This book explores anomalies in the conceptual basis of social control experiments and in the foundation of statistics and economics. Drawing upon several examples, the author argues that together such anomalies prevent microeconomics and statistics from providing a coherent understanding of human social behavior on par with the physical sciences. He concludes that social control experiments are a frequently overrated tool for social policy improvements.
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"A critical introduction to the field recommended to strong souls capable of combining expertise with modesty." B. Hamminga, ErkenntnisSee more reviews
"This is a quite extraordinary book...a 'tour de force'." A. Lewis, Journal of Economic Psychology
"The book as a whole makes one think. I would like to think it be made compulsory reading for all economists." J.D. Hey, Economic Journal
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- Date Published: May 1989
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521304443
- length: 380 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 26 mm
- weight: 0.652kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Statistical Logics:
1. J. S. Mill and some philosophical underpinnings of controlled experimentation
2. R. A. Fisher, randomization, and controlled experimentation
3. Some special difficulties of controlled social experiments
4. Hume's problem of induction in modern statistical inference and controlled experimentation
Part II. Economic Logics:
5. Problems with a rationalist account of classical mechanics
6. Microeconomics striving to be a classical-mechanics-like science
7. The income maintenance experiments: microeconomic science or scientism?
8. Microeconomics striving to be deontology
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