Micro-meso-macro,10.1007/s00191-004-0193-0,Journal of Evolutionary Economics,Kurt Dopfer,John Foster,Jason Potts

Micro-meso-macro   (Citations: 102)
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Building on the ontology of evolutionary realism recently proposed by Dopfer and Potts (forthcoming), we develop an analytical framework for evolutionary economics with a micro-meso-macro architecture. The motive for reconception is to make clear the highly complex and emergent nature of existence and change in economic evolution. For us, the central insight is that an economic system is a population of rules, a structure of rules, and a process of rules. The economic system is a rule-system contained in what we call the meso. From the evolutionary perspective, one cannot directly sum micro into macro. Instead, we conceive of an economic system as a set of meso units, where each meso consists of a rule and its population of actualizations. The proper analytical structure of evolutionary economics is in terms of micro-meso-macro. Micro refers to the individual carriers of rules and the systems they organize, and macro consists of the population structure of systems of meso. Micro structure is between the elements of the meso, and macro structure is between meso elements. The upshot is an ontologically coherent framework for analysis of economic evolution as change in the meso domain - in the form of what we call a meso trajectory - and a way of understanding the micro-processes and macro-consequences involved. We believe that the micro-meso-macro analytical framework can greatly enhance the focus, clarity, and, ultimately, power, of evolutionary economic theory.
Journal: Journal of Evolutionary Economics - J EVOL ECON , vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 263-279, 2004
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    • ...Building on Dopfer (2001, 2005), Dopfer et al. (2004), Dopfer and Potts (2008), we shall, on the one hand, unveil the generic architecture of economics as inspired by Schumpeter’s work, and, on the other hand, discuss Schumpeter’s specific theoretical positions against this background...

    Kurt Dopfer. The origins of meso economics

    • ...The conception of markets as dynamic configurations bears resemblance to evolutionary economics (Nelson and Winter 1982, Dopfer et al. 2004), which, according to Brennan (2006, p. 834), is characterized by assumptions about heterogeneous firms that are open learning systems and whose innovation driven development is path dependent, and that economic knowledge is a set of routines reproduced through practice...
    • ...Changes in the market incur by the introduction of new rules: “the process by which new rules originate and are adopted and diffused (with modification) into an economic system constitutes the driving force of economic evolution” (Dopfer et al. 2004, p. 266)...
    • ...Dopfer et al. (2004) propose a macro–meso–micro framework (in contrast to the conventional micro–macro framework of economics)...
    • ...Building on Dopfer et al. (2004), Callon 1986), and Giddens 1994) we propose that market configurations develop in a three-phase process of origination, mobilization, and stabilization of new market elements in the relevant network...

    Kaj Storbackaet al. Scripting markets: From value propositions to market propositions

    • ...The “micro-meso-macro” framework of Dopfer et al. (2004)...

    Roy Allenet al. A “human ecology economics” framework for Eastern Europe

    • ...The innovation that Dopfer et al. (2004) offer is a coherent perspective on how we can treat institutions theoretically and, with it, an explanation why meso-rules should be the core building block in economics, not just the vaguely specified ‘market’...

    John Foster. Evolutionary macroeconomics: a research agenda

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