The Hypothesis of the Plausibility Strategy

  • Bert Hamminga
Part of the Studies in Contemporary Economics book series (CONTEMPORARY, volume 4)


Now let us see the “results” in the framework of the Ohlin-Samuelson programme as results of mental behaviour of programme participants. Thus seen the mental behaviour requires explanation. Why do economists participate in the programme? What is on their minds? What would be the economists’ answer to the question “why do you consider field extension, weakening of conditions, finding conditions for conditions and alternative conditions to be (positive) results, to be “successes” of the programme? Why do you aim at these results?”


Production Function Factor Price Factor Endowment Economic Meaning Factor Reversal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bert Hamminga
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  1. 1.Katholieke Hogeschool TilburgTilburgThe Netherlands

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