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Title: HEURISTICS AND BIASES TO BEHAVIOURAL ECONOMICS: A SOCIOLOGY OF A PSYCHOLOGY OF ERROR
Authors: ZARA THOKOZANI KAMWENDO
Keywords: Sociology of Scientific Knowledge, STS, History of science, Heuristics and Biases, Behavioural Economics
Issue Date: 23-Dec-2016
Citation: ZARA THOKOZANI KAMWENDO (2016-12-23). HEURISTICS AND BIASES TO BEHAVIOURAL ECONOMICS: A SOCIOLOGY OF A PSYCHOLOGY OF ERROR. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis is a sociological history of the making of behavioural economics. Using a blend of analysis of archival documents, published material, and interviews I seek to understand the formation of the discipline of behavioural economics by applying the notion of a psychology of error as an analytical tool. I argue that both Kahneman and Tversky’s Heuristics and Biases Programme and behavioural economics are psychologies of error because the object to be explained in both fields was restricted to behavioural deviations from a normative core. Understanding behavioural economics as a psychology of error allows me to shed light on the complicated relationship between behavioural economics and neo-classical economics. Specifically it helps explain how behavioural economists sought to strike a careful balance between critiquing the descriptive claims of neo-classical economists and reinforcing their normative ambitions.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/146044
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