The role of introspection, text and anecdotes in pluralistic approaches to economics

Earl, Peter E. and Wakeley, Tim (2005). The role of introspection, text and anecdotes in pluralistic approaches to economics. In: Proceedings of the 2005 Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics. AHE Annual Conference 2005. The 7th Annual Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics: Pluralism in Economics, London, U.K., (1-20). 15-17 July, 2005.

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Author Earl, Peter E.
Wakeley, Tim
Title of paper The role of introspection, text and anecdotes in pluralistic approaches to economics
Conference name AHE Annual Conference 2005. The 7th Annual Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics: Pluralism in Economics
Conference location London, U.K.
Conference dates 15-17 July, 2005
Convener Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE)
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2005 Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics
Place of Publication U.K.
Publisher Association for Heterodox Economics
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper explores the possible uses of a variety of forms of narrative materials in economics as an alternative to the mainstream concentration on quantitative data. It begins by reviewing the variety of qualitative materials that might be used, ranging from think-aloud protocols, introspective self reports and anecdotes, through to text from literature and other art forms. These sources are seen as useful towards theory construction, for alerting economists to the limitations of existing theories, and in making decisions about which alternative models might be worthy of serious introspection. After examining some cases involving the use of materials from consumer magazines and novels by David Lodge, the paper ends by considering areas where these kinds of materials may be particularly worth employing.
Subjects 340101 Microeconomic Theory
E1
Keyword Introspection
Protocol analysis
Case study method
Anecdotes
Deconstruction
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Additional Notes Presented during Parallel Session lA: "Pluralism in Economics I".

 
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