Abstract

This commentary discusses Nurmi's account of the relation of "theories" and "models," and compares it to methodological discussions in economics. I differentiate between two styles of modeling, "theory first" v. "data first," and argue that Nurmi's recent work falls in the "theory first" category. This implies that models at any level can function as agents of change that may uni-directionally affect models at other levels.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9274
Print ISSN
1063-6145
Pages
pp. 196-201
Launched on MUSE
2013-04-25
Open Access
No
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