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Some elements for a definition of an evolutionary efficiency criterion

Félix-Fernando Muñoz and María-Isabel Encinar
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María-Isabel Encinar: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 2019, vol. 29, issue 3, No 5, 919-937

Abstract: Abstract Together with the concepts of equilibrium, scarcity, choosing, etc., efficiency is at the core of economics. However, in an evolutionary context, efficiency raises several issues concerning to rationality, the complex evolving nature of the economy, economic change as the fundamental economic problem, and the role of expectations —that link purposeful action to actual action. The main goal of this paper is to provide some necessary elements to accommodate an efficiency criterion within an evolutionary theory of the production of action. In a nutshell, an evolving complex system could be considered as being (or “becoming”) efficient if the agents’ intentions could “materialize” in actions that would give rise to real states of affairs which, essentially, were compatible (even similar; never identical of course) with what it was expected (ex-ante) when the action “plans” were elaborated and selected. We set out this criterion as a micro-criterion and then we explore an extension of it at a systemic level using the theory of meso-level connections.

Keywords: Evolutionary efficiency; Action plans; Reflexivity; Expectations; B40; B52; D69; D84 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1007/s00191-019-00608-z

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