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Ideas, Pioneers, and Precursors

Kumaraswamy Velupillai

in Computable Economics

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295273
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596988 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295278.003.0002
 Ideas, Pioneers, and Precursors

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In this chapter, a first, tentative attempt is made to define the nature and scope of what is meant by computable economics. From a study of the way economics was mathematized in the modern era, – i.e., since about the late 1920s – I try to extract those studies and examples that attempted recursion theoretic characterizations of economic theoretic problems. These are then distilled and codified as early examples of computable economics. The chapter also discusses, more specifically but concisely, the contributions of Herbert Simon from a recursion theoretic point of view.

Keywords: bounded rationality; cognitive science; combinatorial optimization; computational complexity; economic theory; mathematical economics; recursion theory; Herbert Simon

Chapter.  6650 words. 

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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