August 8, 2017

57. Is Economics a Science? Really?

There’s an argument that economics can never be science because it involves the behaviour of humans. You can’t apply empirical rules in the way you do with physical sciences. In this episode of the Debunking Economics podcast Phil Dobbie asks Professor Steve Keen whether this means economics should never be seen as a science. Steve says economics can be a science, if economists behaved like scientists – that means recognising anomalies and adjusting their theories accordingly. To date, this isn’t happening. The response to the global financial crisis being a significant case in point.

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