Costs and Benefits of Diverse Plurality in Economics

Philosophy of the Social Sciences (forthcoming)
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Abstract

The literature on pluralism in economics has focused on the benefits expected from the plurality of theories, methods, and frameworks. This overlooks half of the picture: the costs. Neither have the multifarious costs been systematically analyzed in philosophy of science. We begin rectifying this neglect. We discuss how the benefits of plurality and diversity in science presuppose distinct types of plurality and how various benefit and plurality types are associated with different types of costs. Finally, we ponder how the general mechanisms that give rise to the costs of plurality and diversity are aggravated by various disciplinary characteristics of economics.

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Teemu Lari
University of Helsinki
Uskali Mäki
University of Helsinki

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