François Claveau

Causal Reasoning in Economics: A Selective Exploration of Semantic, Epistemic and Dynamical Aspects

prof. Julian Reiss and prof. Kevin Hoover

Description of the project

My PhD thesis contributes to contemporary discussions about causation in the sciences. It does so by studying three aspects of causal reasoning in policy-oriented economics: the semantics of causal generalizations, the role of evidential variety in causal epistemology, and the dynamics of causal beliefs when the epistemic community faces unexpected facts (i.e. deviant cases). My approach is case-based: I use the literature on the causes of unemployment to inform my philosophical work.
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Claveau, François (2013), Review of ‘The Elgar Companion to Recent Economic Methodology’, Journal of Economic Methodology, 20 (1): 81-86.

Claveau, François (2013), The Independence Condition in the Variety-of-Evidence Thesis, Philosophy of Science 80 (1): 94-118.

Claveau, François (2012), The Russo-Williamson Theses in the Social Sciences: Causal Inference Drawing on Two Types of Evidence, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (4): 806-813.

Bassett, David and François Claveau (2011), The Economic Entomologist: An Interview with Alan Kirman, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 4 (2): 42-66.

Claveau, François (2011), Evidential Variety as a Source of Credibility for Causal Inference: Beyond Sharp Designs and Structural Models, Journal of Economic Methodology 18 (3) : 231-253.

Claveau, François (2010), Review of ‘Conversations on Ethics’ by Alex Voorhoeve, Éthique et Économique / Ethics and Economics 7 (2).

Claveau, François (summer 2009), Interdependent Preferences and Policy Stances in Mainstream Economics, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 2 (1) : 1-28.

Dietsch, Peter and François Claveau (June 2008), Concurrence fiscale et responsabilité étatique, Éthique publique 10 (1) : 34-44.

Claveau, François (September 2006), Review of ‘Revenu minimum garanti : comparaison internationale, analyses et débats’ by Lionel-Henri Groulx, Canadian Journal of Political Science 39 (3) : 695-698.

Claveau, François (March 2006), L’abondance chez Locke, Arguments 1 (1) : 64-79.

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About EIPE

Although researchers with a serious interest in economic methodology are scattered around the world, there is only one Ph.D. program in the field, at Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Not surprisingly, this institute has attracted an outstanding faculty; and it regularly hosts as visitors all the leading figures in the field. It is a very special place which I regularly recommend to students interested in graduate studies in economic methodology.
Daniel Hausman
Herbert A. Simon and Hilldale Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison