Evolutionary Economics: Program and Scope

  • Kurt Dopfer

Part of the Recent Economic Thought Series book series (RETH, volume 74)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

  3. Foundational Issues

  4. Evolutionary Macroeconomics

    1. Dynamics: Long-run View and Population Thinking

    2. Statistics: Division of Knowledge and Valuation Principles

      1. Richard N. Langlois, Müfit M. Sabooglu
        Pages 231-251
  5. Evolutionary microeconomics

    1. Dynamics: Selection, Adaptation and Learning Processes

      1. Brian Loasby
        Pages 253-276
      2. Richard H. Day
        Pages 277-297
    2. Statistics: Agency, Firm and Economic Structure

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 357-374

About this book


Evolutionary Economics: Program and Scope offers a fresh look at the paradigmatic foundations and basic theoretical propositions of economics. Twelve authors - each of them with his own distinct contribution to economics - make a step forward by reinterpreting major areas of micro and macroeconomics in line with modern evolutionary thinking. This volume offers a unified approach to economics that allows recent developments in various strands of Evolutionary Economics to be integrated and major positions of Neoclassical Economics to be reconsidered.
The chapters on `Evolutionary Macro Economics' explore macro areas such as the division of labor and knowledge, technology and institutions, population thinking, meso economics, techno-economic trajectories and industrial sectors. By telescoping structure into time, they highlight the processes of structural change and co-evolution between technologies and institutions, and provide a causal-explanatory core for a modern - evolutionary - theory of economic growth and economic development.
The chapters on `Evolutionary Micro Economics' offer insights into the knowledge based theories of the firm and take up the issues of cognitive and behavioral routines. The contributions explore the processes of complex human choice, creativity, and adaptation in selective and path-dependent environments. The discussions make an essential contribution to the cognitive and behavioral foundations of a modern institutional economics.


Macroeconomics Theory of Economic Growth economic development economics evolutionary economics institutional economics microeconomics

Editors and affiliations

  • Kurt Dopfer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of St. GallenSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3869-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0648-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-199X
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