Norm and Method in Normative Economics

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Spring 1976


“The August ’75 issue of this journal included a paper by Professors Tinsley and Brown which dealt with the problem of the meeting ground of science and policy, and which proposed helpful directions to be pursued in relating “human needs” to the usual econometric models that constitute the general fare of English-language economics journals[….]This writer feels that the discussion needs to be clarified somewhat as to whether the discovery and listing of human needs is a scientific or an ethical project and whether the method of economics as a science really does arise out of the “purpose of economic activity” or is determined independently.”