Pier Carlo Nicola

Economia: tra Matematica e Storia

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In this note it is argued that both mathematics and history are useful tools in economics; but their support to economics are different. While mathematics is fundamental to every economic theorizing, a general knowledge of history is more useful in applied economic work. As a point of fact, economists well trained in mathematics do not seem ready to consider history as a useful tool to guide their research, and similarly economists putting their work in a historic perspective generally do not consider mathematics very seriously.

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