Economics at your fingertips  

On the role of intentionality in evolutionary economic change

Félix-Fernando Muñoz, María-Isabel Encinar and Carolina Cañibano

Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 2011, vol. 22, issue 3, 193-203

Abstract: One important challenge to evolutionary economics consists of tackling the paradoxical relationship between purposeful human action and the 'blindness' of evolutionary processes. We argue that the theoretical treatment of intended action is a prerequisite for venturing beyond the phenomenological explanation of evolutionary processes. If so, evolutionary processes are not (at least completely) 'blind'. Of course, not every change in a society is a consequence of purposeful action. However, even if not every action were intended and not every novelty were the consequence of pursuing particular goals, the evolution of individual intentions and pursued goals (micro-level) is a key process in explaining economic change. In this context, an evolutionary efficiency criterion is proposed.

Keywords: Intentionality; Evolving; capabilities; Economic; change; Evolutionary; efficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (5)

Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

Structural Change and Economic Dynamics is currently edited by F. Duchin, H. Hagemann, M. Landesmann, R. Scazzieri, A. Steenge and B. Verspagen

More articles in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Catherine Liu ().

Page updated 2024-04-08
Handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:22:y:2011:i:3:p:193-203