chapter  11
Should we ignore methodology?
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In the April 1992 issue of the RES Newsletter, on the occasion of his retirement from Cambridge, Frank Hahn offered some ‘Reflections’ which took the form of advice to the young. As advice to young economists seeking to publish in prestigious journals and to further their careers, it has much to recommend it. From a broader perspective, however, Hahn’s advice contains some remarks that are potentially dangerous and which should be challenged, namely his warnings to ‘avoid discussion of “mathematics in economics” like the plague’, and to ‘give no thought at all to “methodology”’.