Socioeconomic processes as open-ended results. Beyond invariance knowledge for interventionist purposes

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Published 14-06-2017
Leonardo Ivarola

Abstract

In this paper a critique to philosophical approaches that presuppose invariant knowledge for policy purposes is carried out. It is shown that socioeconomic processes do not fit to the logic of stable causal factors, but they are more suited to the logic of "open-ended results". On the basis of this ontological variation it is argued that ex-ante interventions are not appropriate in the socioeconomic realm. On the contrary, they must be understood in a "dynamic" sense. Finally, derivational robustness analysis is proposed as a useful tool for overcoming the problem of "overconstraint", a typical problem of economic models.

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Ivarola, L. (2017). Socioeconomic processes as open-ended results. Beyond invariance knowledge for interventionist purposes. THEORIA, 32(2), 211–229. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.16184
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