Formalized and consolidated through the marginalist and formalist (or neoclassical) revolutions, the development of modern (micro)economics produced a sharp divergence from the original interests, principles and methods of classical political economy. What was lost (omission) along the way in this development, and what methodological or conceptualinnovations did the discipline develop (commissions) to get to the way it is now?
A note on the text:
The text is relatively short but advanced. It is quite possible that you need to do further research to fully understand the significance of the arguments since the text assumes some background knowledge (which you have if you followed the class closely) and not everything is explained in detail.
The text is highly critical of what modern microeconomics has become, argues that many of its assumptions are methodologically untenable, and that (micro)economics has become a force that colonizes every aspect of social research with its problematic assumptions. As such, the text covers a range of problems of (micro)economics that were discussed in class, in particular with respect to its historical development, difference to the preoccupations of classical political economy, the problematic assumptions underpinning it (we discussed this in the context of neoclassical economics), overreliance on unrealistic models and its inability or unwillingness to change (e.g. in the context of the GFC 2008).
Fine, B. (2016) Microeconomics: a critical companion. London: Pluto Press.
The relevant ‘text’ is the first chapter ‘Locating Microeconomics’.
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