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Economics and epicycles

Kanazawa, Satoshi ORCID: 0000-0003-3786-8797 (2020) Economics and epicycles. Perspectives on Psychological Science. ISSN 1745-6916

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1745691620953785

Abstract

I aver that standard economics as a model of human behavior is as incorrect in 2017 (after Thaler) as geocentrism was as a model of celestial behavior in 1617 (after Galileo). Behavioral economic studies that have exposed the paradoxes and anomalies in standard economics are akin to epicycles on geocentrism. Just as no amount of epicycles could salvage geocentrism as a model of celestial behavior because it was fundamentally incorrect, no amount of behavioral economic adjustments could salvage standard economics as a model of human behavior because it is fundamentally incorrect. Many of the cognitive biases exhibited by humans are shared by other species, so not only are human actors Humans (as opposed to Econs), but nonhuman animals as phylogenetically distant from humans as ants and locusts are also Humans. Evolutionary biology as a model of human behavior can explain many of the hitherto unexplained cognitive biases and provide a unifying model of human behavior currently lacking in behavioral economics.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/pps
Divisions: Management
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 12:45
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106147

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