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Lionel Robbins’s essay on the nature and significance of economic science: 75th anniversary conference proceedings

Cowell, Frank and Witztum, Amos, eds. (2009) Lionel Robbins’s essay on the nature and significance of economic science: 75th anniversary conference proceedings. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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Abstract

In 1932 Robbins set out to inquire about that which defines the subject matter of economic analysis: what economists can and cannot say and the method by which they can reach their conclusions. But this was far more a complex struggle than ‘merely’ to identify the methodology of economic analysis. At that time, he also had to cross swords with other approaches concerning the delineation of the subject of economics. On the one hand, he had to fend off historicism or the claim that social phenomena cannot be subdivided into separate spheres of examination. On the other hand, he also had to position himself vis-à-vis the empirical drive emanating from institutional economics of the time.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2009 STICERD
Divisions: India Observatory
Asia Centre
STICERD
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > India Observatory
Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 05 May 2011 13:38
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2020 01:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/35866

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