De Economist

, Volume 135, Issue 4, pp 429–441 | Cite as

Uncertainty in/of macroeconomics: An essay on adequate abstraction

  • L. H. Hoogduin
  • J. Snippe


The search for microfoundations for macroeconomics has been stimulated by uncertainty about the status of macroeconomics and is closely related to the neo-Walrasian research program. This relationship is explained and criticised, because it obscures the historical connection between macroeconomics and the study of monetary economies and leads to attempts to underpin a pretence of knowledge, which can never be justified. This paper argues that the question which neo-Wairasians try to solve is based on ignorance of the abstract nature of macroeconomics. Once this nature is taken into account, the question loses much of its relevance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. H. Hoogduin
    • 1
  • J. Snippe
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Banque Paribas Nederland N.V.Amsterdam

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