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A Non-specific question regarding economic practice and analytical development.

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Sending your paper around in Economics

As a PhD student I made a few connections over the course of time with professors from around Europe (had brief chats with them at conferences, invited them at conferences, etc..). Some explicitly ...
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Math basics for Macro&Micro economics and econometrics

I have just been admitted to a graduate school for studies in economics and I major in public administration during my undergraduate time. I have learnt linear algebra, single variable calculus, ...
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Economics: inductive or deductive? Verificationism or falsificationism?

Question 1: Are economic theories and models developed using induction or deduction? My view: If we gather historical evidence and figure "so, people tend to be like this and that so let's call this ...
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Mathematical open problems that (when answered) might unlock MAJOR mathematical (micro)economics/finance/econometrics discoveries

Are there any (specific) math open problems that mathematical (micro)economics / finance / econometrics researchers wish mathematicians could solve for their discoveries to flourish? If positive, ...
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Foundational equations or concepts of Finance

For the other sciences it´s easy to point to the most important equations, inequalities, propositions or concepts that ground the discipline. If I want to explain Finance to a physicist say, what are ...
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Designing economic system for an RPG [duplicate]

I am not sure how well suited my question will be to the platform, but it's a question nonetheless, concerning economics. I am, rather we are, group of people moderating a real world text-based RPG. ...
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What are the best books for developing a solid understanding of fundamentals of Economics?

Recently, Raghuram Rajan, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and current Governor of central bank of India, while addressing undergraduate students of Economics, said: ... ...
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Taking observed preferences seriously

You often hear economists (proudly) say that they don't take stated preferences seriously, but instead rely on observed preferences. Correct? To me both are problematic if you want to understand ...
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Preparation for the rigors of an economics graduate programme

I realize now that my undergraduate program is not nearly as rigorous as it should be - it required almost no math to complete. This is concerning because I've been accepted into a decent (top 30) PhD ...
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Contest: earliest written instance of economic thought

Following part 5 of @Lateral fractal answer to "Handy Hints for Committing to the Beta" on the meta "Have fun! No fun = No play. No play = No beta. I'm sure I'm not the only one to feel that a ...
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Book recommendations on empirical methods in economic research and econometrics?

This question is more so geared toward anyone with research experience within economics, though of course, anyone is welcome to respond. I'm an undergraduate math major with a minor in economics. I'...
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Fundamental equations in economics

For the other sciences it´s easy to point to the most important equations that ground the discipline. If I want to explain Economics to a physicist say, what are considered to be the most important ...
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Differentiate a positive externality and the absence of a negative externality. Tax or subsidize?

I hope this isn't overly semantic, but I'd like to gain some clarification on the use positive (or negative) externality. I usually shoot down suggestions for examples of positive externalities like ...

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