Epistemological break in political economy

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Pavel Kuchar and Erwin Dekker argue that economists should give up privileging one particular type of knowledge — scientific and general — over all other types of economic knowledge. An economics without the epistemological break has important contributions to make to public discussions about the economy, economic policy, and economics education.

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