My new book is out

14 April, 2015 at 19:37 | Posted in Economics | 2 Comments

wea-ebookcover-syll-225x300“A wonderful set of clearly written and highly informative essays by a scholar who is knowledgeable, critical and sharp enough to see how things really are in the discipline, and honest and brave enough to say how things are. A must read especially for those truly concerned and/or puzzled about the state of modern economics.”

Tony Lawson

Table of Contents
Introduction
What is (wrong with) economic theory?
Capturing causality in economics and the limits of statistical inference
Microfoundations – spectacularly useless and positively harmful
Economics textbooks – anomalies and transmogrification of truth
Rational expectations – a fallacious foundation for macroeconomics
Neoliberalism and neoclassical economics
The limits of marginal productivity theory
References

About the author
Lars Pålsson Syll received a PhD in economic history in 1991 and a PhD in economics in 1997, both at Lund University, Sweden. Since 2004 he has been professor of social science at Malmö University, Sweden. His primary research areas have been in the philosophy and methodology of economics, theories of distributive justice, and critical realist social science. As philosopher of science and methodologist he is a critical realist and an outspoken opponent of all kinds of social constructivism and postmodern relativism. As social scientist and economist he is strongly influenced by John Maynard Keynes and Hyman Minsky. He is the author of Social Choice, Value and Exploitation: an Economic-Philosophical Critique (in Swedish, 1991), Utility Theory and Structural Analysis (1997), Economic Theory and Method: A Critical Realist Perspective (in Swedish, 2001), The Dismal Science (in Swedish, 2001), The History of Economic Theories (in Swedish, 4th ed., 2007), John Maynard Keynes (in Swedish, 2007), An Outline of the History of Economics (in Swedish, 2011), as well as numerous articles in scientific journals.

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  1. Look forward to reading it

  2. I started reading your book. I will read along with my reading (I have already deep into this book) of K.B. Athreya’s Big Ideas in Macroeconomics: a nontechnical view. Despite Noah Smith’s negative review of it (or maybe because), I like the book. Also, Krugman has responded today the multiple equilibria nonlinear crowd critique of mainstream economics. He convinced me!


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