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Fashion Cycles in Economics

Philip Coelho (), Daniel Klein () and James McClure

Econ Journal Watch, 2004, vol. 1, issue 3, 437-454

Abstract: We criticize an American Economic Review article that presents itself as a theory of design innovation and fashion cycles. Scrutinizing the model and surrounding prose, we suggest that the article does not make clear what it is that it purports to explain, and that the story of the model fails minimal requirements of factual relevance and intuitiveness. Our broader message is that many “theory†papers are best regarded as mere model-building, a genre of creative writing masquerading as science.

Keywords: Fashion cycle; design; relevance; theory (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B40 B41 B49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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