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Do Free-Market Economists Practice What They Teach?

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07/30/2014Sanford Ikeda

 

Volume 5, No. 4 (Winter 2002)

 

This short piece on methodology concerns the extent to which the knowledge assumptions of the economics employed by free-market critics of public policy logically permits any meaningful critiquings of government intervention to take place at all.  The author applies this question first to those who generally employ a perfect-information-based economics, which I argue, in this case, gives rise to a contradiction between theory and empirical application. The elimination of this contradiction, I maintain, is accomplished most truthfully when the underlying economic theory allows for the possibility of genuine human error to occur.  Admitting this possibility, however, itself appears to give rise to a paradox, which I attempt to resolve by using what the more apposite economic theory teaches us about the nature of the market process.

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Ikeda, Sanford. "Do Free-Market Economists Practice What They Teach?" The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 5, No. 4 (Winter 2002): 37–41

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