Schumpeter and the Roots of Methodological Individualism
19 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2015
Date Written: January 4, 2015
"Methodological individualism" (MI) was first used in English in a 1909 paper by Joseph Schumpeter. MI is often invoked as a fundamental description of the methodology both of neoclassical and Austrian economics, as well as of other approaches. However, the methodologies of those to whom the theoretical practice of MI is ascribed differ profoundly on the status of the individual, some adopting an atomistic and others a more organicist standpoint. Considering the contributions of Joseph Schumpeter, the paper finds that he recommends a highly atomistic approach.
Keywords: methodological individualism, Schumpeter, atomism
JEL Classification: B41, B13
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