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dc.contributor.authorHoover, Kevin D.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-03-08en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-14T11:04:10Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-14T11:04:10Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/31342-
dc.description.abstractMilton Friedman is usually regarded as an instrumentalist on the basis of his infamous claim that economic theories are to be judged by their predictions and not by the realism of their assumptions. This interpretation sits oddly with Friedman’s empirical work – e.g., Friedman and Schwartz’s monetary history – and his explicit rejection of theories of the business cycle that, while based on accurate correlations, nevertheless do not make economic sense. In this paper, I try to reconcile Friedman’s methodological writings with his practices as an empirical economist by, first, taking his roots in Alfred Marshall seriously and, second, by taking the methodological implications of his empirical work seriously. Friedman dislikes the word “cause”. Nevertheless, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, Friedman is best understood as a causal realist – that is, one who understands the object of scientific inquiry as the discovery through empirical investigation of the true causal mechanisms underlying observable phenomena.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherDep. of Economics, Univ. of California Davis, Calif.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking papers // University of California, Department of Economics 06,6en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.titleMilton Friedman's stance: the methodology of causal realismen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn508644186en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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