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An Engine, Not a Camera
Author: Donald MacKenzie

ISBN: 9780262633673
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 15 September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2 x 2.2
Description:
Winner of the 2008 Viviana Zelizer Distinguished Scholarship Award given by the American Sociological Association's section on Economic Sociology., Winner, 2007 British International Studies Association's (BISA) International Political Economy Group (IPEG) Book Prize. and Winner of the 2005 John Desmond Bernal Prize awarded jointly by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the Institute for Scientific Information. "In An Engine, Not a Camera," Donald MacKenzie argues that the emergence of modern economic theories of finance affected financial markets in fundamental ways. These new, Nobel Prize-winning theories, based on elegant mathematical models of markets, were not simply external analyses but intrinsic parts of economic processes. Paraphrasing Milton Friedman, MacKenzie says that economic models are an engine of inquiry rather than a camera to reproduce empirical facts. More than that, the emergence of an authoritative theory of financial markets altered those markets fundamentally. For example, in 1970, there was almost no trading in financial derivatives such as "futures." By June of 2004, derivatives contracts totaling $273 tr...

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