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The Need to Reintegrate the Natural Sciences with Economics

The Need to Reintegrate the Natural Sciences with Economics Articles The Need to Reintegrate the Natural Sciences with Economics CHARLES HALL, DIETMAR LINDENBERGER, REINER KÜMMEL, TIMM KROEGER, AND WOLFGANG EICHHORN ow long will researchers working in adjoining Hfields...abstain from expressing serious concern about the NEOCLASSICAL ECONOMICS, THE DOMI- splendid isolation in which academic economics now finds NANT FORM OF ECONOMICS TODAY, HAS itself?” Wassily Leontief, Nobel laureate in economics, asked almost two decades ago (Leontief 1982, p. 104). The question AT LEAST THREE FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS is extremely important, because economics is the foundation on which most decisions affecting agriculture, fisheries, the FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE NATURAL environment, and, indeed, most aspects of our daily lives are based. Natural scientists, including biological scientists, may SCIENCES, BUTITIS POSSIBLE TO DEVELOP have particular views on this or that economic policy, but few A DIFFERENT, BIOPHYSICAL BASIS FOR question the legitimacy of economics as a tool. We believe that, paraphrasing the great Prussian military historian Carl von ECONOMICS THAT CAN SERVE AS A SUP- Clausewitz, economics is too important to leave to the econ- omists, and that natural scientists should not leave the pro- PLEMENT TO, OR A REPLACEMENT FOR, cedures by which we undertake economics up to economists alone. Instead, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png BioScience Oxford University Press

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Oxford University Press
Copyright
© 2001 American Institute of Biological Sciences
Subject
Overview Articles
ISSN
0006-3568
eISSN
1525-3244
DOI
10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0663:TNTRTN]2.0.CO;2
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Articles The Need to Reintegrate the Natural Sciences with Economics CHARLES HALL, DIETMAR LINDENBERGER, REINER KÜMMEL, TIMM KROEGER, AND WOLFGANG EICHHORN ow long will researchers working in adjoining Hfields...abstain from expressing serious concern about the NEOCLASSICAL ECONOMICS, THE DOMI- splendid isolation in which academic economics now finds NANT FORM OF ECONOMICS TODAY, HAS itself?” Wassily Leontief, Nobel laureate in economics, asked almost two decades ago (Leontief 1982, p. 104). The question AT LEAST THREE FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS is extremely important, because economics is the foundation on which most decisions affecting agriculture, fisheries, the FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE NATURAL environment, and, indeed, most aspects of our daily lives are based. Natural scientists, including biological scientists, may SCIENCES, BUTITIS POSSIBLE TO DEVELOP have particular views on this or that economic policy, but few A DIFFERENT, BIOPHYSICAL BASIS FOR question the legitimacy of economics as a tool. We believe that, paraphrasing the great Prussian military historian Carl von ECONOMICS THAT CAN SERVE AS A SUP- Clausewitz, economics is too important to leave to the econ- omists, and that natural scientists should not leave the pro- PLEMENT TO, OR A REPLACEMENT FOR, cedures by which we undertake economics up to economists alone. Instead,

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BioScienceOxford University Press

Published: Aug 1, 2001

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