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In the latter cases, the firms may grow but those who had the ideas may not receive any particular reward except, perhaps, promotion: for them, thinking of how the firm that employs them might expand its scope may be one of the things they are paid to do as, say, ‘business strategists’. To understand how business ideas get put into practice and why new firms get set up, it is necessary to recognize that firms operate in the context of markets and involve an alternative way of allocating resources to that provided in markets.

Alchian (1950) ‘Uncertainty, evolution and economic theory’, Journal of Political Economy, 57, pp. 211–21. The strange story of how Alchian’s article was used to justify the mainstream perspective instead is told in Neil M. Kay (1995) ‘Alchian and “the Alchian thesis”’, Journal of Economic Methodology, 2(2), December, pp. 281–6. Kay’s paper is a warning about the need to check original sources rather than relying upon secondhand information. 7 RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL READING SOURCES For a perceptive and very readable examination of the importance of problems of information and knowledge in the economics of industrial organization, see Neil M.

In doing so, it uncovers some major differences between the ways that the different brands of economics view markets. For this reason, it seems a good place to explore the general nature of economic model building, using the modelling of markets as a case study of how economists can end up with very different models of a particular feature of the world in which we live. First, though, we consider a point that is shared by economists in general, the idea that markets come into existence because people see gains from specializing in what they do and then trading with each other.

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