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Engines of Discovery:: Jevons and Marshall on the Methods of Graphs and Diagrams

Hsiang-Ke Chao and Harro Maas

A chapter in Including a Symposium on the Historical Epistemology of Economics, 2017, vol. 35A, pp 35-61 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract Diagrams are ubiquitous in economics and are uncontestably among the most used, if not the most important workhorses of economists, though they come in many forms. This essay examines the different uses of graphs and diagrams in the pioneering work of two Victorian economists, Stanley Jevons and Alfred Marshall. We stress the difference between their use as representations and as visual reasoning tools, a difference that became obscured in the twentieth century with the rise of econometrics.

Keywords: The methods of graphs and diagrams; Statistical atlases; Reasoning tools; Stanley Jevons; Alfred Marshall (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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