Force fields, hysteresis and economic equilibria

Rod Cross (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK)

Journal of Economic Studies

ISSN: 0144-3585

Publication date: 1 August 1997

Abstract

Looks at the relevance to economic systems of force field equilibrium metaphors. Points out that the force field view of physical reality developed in nineteenth century physics does not necessarily involve homeostasis and reversible time paths. Illustrates the properties of force fields with hysteresis, providing a counter example. Discusses precedents for viewing economic systems as having equilibria haunted by hysteresis, and summarizes and illustrates the implications of applying such an analytical framework to economic systems.

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Cross, R. (1997), "Force fields, hysteresis and economic equilibria", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 257-266. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443589710188984

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1997, MCB UP Limited

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