A Quote!

6 Jul

“In social science, models are like maps; they are useful precisely because they don’t explain the world exactly as it is, in all its gory detail. Economic theory and statistical evidence doesn’t try to fit every case, but rather find systematic tendencies. We go wrong to ignore these regularities, but we also go wrong to ignore the other forces at work–especially the ones not so easily modeled with the mathematical tools at hand. I think that might be a better starting point for a critique of the discipline.”

That was Chris Blattman responding to a paper by Mike McGovern critiquing the international development field. Good stuff.

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