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Socioeconomic processes as open-ended results. Beyond invariance knowledge for interventionist purposes

Ivarola, Leonardo (2017) Socioeconomic processes as open-ended results. Beyond invariance knowledge for interventionist purposes. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 32 (2). pp. 211-229. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

In this paper a critique to philosophical approaches that presuppose invariant knowledge for policy purposes is carried out. It is shown that socioeconomic processes do not fit to the logic of stable causal factors, but they are more suited to the logic of "open-ended results". On the basis of this ontological variation it is argued that ex-ante interventions are not appropriate in the socioeconomic realm. On the contrary, they must be understood in a “dynamic” sense. Finally, derivational robustness analysis is proposed as a useful tool for overcoming the problem of “overconstraint”, a typical problem of economic models.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Ivarola, LeonardoIvarola@economicas.uba.ar
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: invariance, intervention, nomological machines, capacities, derivational robustness analysis
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science Policy
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 14:17
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 14:17
Item ID: 13134
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.16184
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science Policy
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: May 2017
Page Range: pp. 211-229
Volume: 32
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13134

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