Is economics becoming a hard science?
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Published by E. Elgar Pub. in Cheltenham, UK, Brookfield, Vt .
Written in English


  • Economics -- Congresses.,
  • Social sciences -- Congresses.,
  • Economics -- Methodology -- Congresses.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementedited by Antoine dA̓utume and Jean Cartelier.
ContributionsAutume, Antoine dʼ., Cartelier, Jean.
LC ClassificationsHB21 .E247513 1997
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 315 p. :
Number of Pages315
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL964361M
ISBN 101858984696
LC Control Number96000603

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