Exploring Economists' Research into Equality of Opportunity: The Epistemic Import of Narratives
What do narratives contribute to the epistemic functioning of theoretical models in economics? In this dissertation, I analyse the epistemic functions of narratives in those modelling practices when economists use theoretical models to explain by closely examining contemporary research in the economics of inequality.
Building on innovative research in the philosophy and history of science that has started to inquire when and how narratives are involved in the sciences (Morgan and Wise 2017), this dissertation explores (1) how narratives might contribute to model de-idealisation, (2) how narratives assist in the results-driven reasoning with models, and (3) which criteria these narratives have to answer to.
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