Where are the big bills? Escaping the endogenizer’s dilemma

Where are the big bills? Escaping the endogenizer’s dilemma The continual expansion of rational choice theory to a greater range of social phenomena—from markets to politics and institutions—is a testament to its success. Each further application, however, simultaneously forecloses a potential source of inefficiency in economic systems. Abdicating efficiency considerations impairs economics’ explanatory power as much as its normative relevance. In this paper I explore the interconnected roles of subjectivism and knowledge problems in accounting for inefficiency. I conclude that the knowledge-generating properties of institutions allow for efficiency comparisons, but only in the embrace of a thoroughgoing subjectivism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Review of Austrian Economics Springer Journals

Where are the big bills? Escaping the endogenizer’s dilemma

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2013 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
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Economics / Management Science; Public Finance & Economics; Political Science, general; Methodology and the History of Economic Thought
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0889-3047
eISSN
1573-7128
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11138-013-0231-y
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Abstract

The continual expansion of rational choice theory to a greater range of social phenomena—from markets to politics and institutions—is a testament to its success. Each further application, however, simultaneously forecloses a potential source of inefficiency in economic systems. Abdicating efficiency considerations impairs economics’ explanatory power as much as its normative relevance. In this paper I explore the interconnected roles of subjectivism and knowledge problems in accounting for inefficiency. I conclude that the knowledge-generating properties of institutions allow for efficiency comparisons, but only in the embrace of a thoroughgoing subjectivism.

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The Review of Austrian EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 6, 2013

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