Developing Simon’s Bounded Rationality

  • Riccardo Viale


Herbert Simon is the father of the empirically based microeconomics. His economic theory is founded on a new concept of economic rationality. Herbert Simon’s contribution to the theory of economic rationality can be characterized by one pars destruens and one part costruens. The first part is the attack to the neoclassical Olympic rationality. The second is the proposal of an empirically based bounded rationality theory. In this chapter I will develop and assess the first and second contribution of Simon showing that while the first is justified theoretically and empirically the second shows some serious flaws.


True Belief Rationality Concept Bounded Rationality Reflective Equilibrium Inferential Rationality 
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  1. 1.Rosselli FoundationTorinoItaly

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