Folk-economic beliefs as "evidential fiction": putting the economic public discourse back on track

Alberto Acerbi, Pier Luigi Sacco

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Abstract

Folk-economic beliefs may be regarded as "evidential fictions" that exploit the natural tendency of human cognition to organize itself in narrative form. Narrative counter-arguments are likely more effective than logical debunking. The challenge is to convey sound economic reasoning in narratively conspicuous forms - an opportunity for economics to rethink its role and agency in public discourse, in the spirit of its old classics.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere159
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Biological Evolution
  • Cognition
  • Humans
  • Logic
  • Problem Solving

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