The methodology of macroeconomics

Roger Backhouse, Andrea Salanti

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This paper outlines some of the main methodological issues to arise in macroeconomics, making the case that the methodological issues arising in macroeconomics are just as important as those arising in microeconomics and that they merit more attention. Focusing on the symposium to which it forms the Introduction, the paper discusses three such issues: can macroeconomic theories be tested? Do macroeconomic theories change in response to evidence? Is contemporary macroeconomics in good methodological shape?.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-169
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Economic Methodology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1999


  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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