By Uskali Mäki

Uskali Mäki (ed.)

Milton Friedman's 1953 essay 'The method of confident economics' continues to be the main mentioned, influential, and debatable piece of methodological writing in twentieth-century economics. considering its visual appeal, the essay has formed a twin of economics as a systematic self-discipline, either inside of and outdoors of the academy. while, there was an ongoing controversy over the correct interpretation and normative evaluate of the essay. Perceptions were sharply divided, with a few viewing economics as a systematic luck because of its adherence to Friedman's rules, others taking it as a failure for a similar cause. during this ebook, a crew of world-renowned specialists within the technique of economics solid new gentle on Friedman's methodological arguments and practices from numerous views. It presents the twenty first century reader with a useful evaluate of the impression and modern importance of Friedman's seminal work.


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