• Abstract
  • Zusammenfassung
  • Table of contents
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The natural sciences in the eyes of economists
  • 2.1 Physics
  • 2.2 Biology
  • 2.3 Chemistry
  • 3. A closer comparison of model ingredients
  • 3.1 Common roots
  • 3.2 Divergent research programmes
  • 4. Which approach provides better explanations of real processes?
  • 5. “Blind watchmaker” vs. “global maximiser”:how desirable are the aggregate outcomes?
  • 6. Implications for understanding agricultural change
  • 7. Concluding remarks
  • References