Economic Theories and their Relational Structures

A Model-Theoretic Characterization

  • Erwin¬†Klein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Erwin Klein
      Pages 3-11
    3. Erwin Klein
      Pages 12-19
    4. Erwin Klein
      Pages 20-26
  3. A Taxonomy of Economic Theories

  4. Empirical Economic Theories

  5. Non-Intendedly Empirical Economic Theories

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-246

About this book


An examination of the foundations of contemporary theoretical economics. Applying concepts from model theory - formal semantics - and standard tools in foundations research the author aims three targets, namely, a characterization of the notion 'empirical economic theory', the determination of the epistemological and methodological status of an important class of 'non-empirical' theories in economics, and the proposal of a taxonomy of economic theories based upon intended epistemological status and the descriptive or operative function of a theory.


economic theory economics foundation research science and technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Erwin¬†Klein
    • 1
  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Economics & Finance Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-40094-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37764-6
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