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Epistemology of the social sciences and pluralism in economics; history of political and economic thought

Jakob Kapeller is an economist who accidentally became a philosopher. He is an interdisciplinary researcher trying to connect insights from different social science disciplines. Jakob is affiliated with the Department of Philosophy and Theory of Science and the Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE), both at Johannes Kepler University Linz. His research interests include the epistemology of the social sciences, the history of political and economic thought, heterodox economics and the distribution of income and wealth.

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How economic policy drives European (dis)integration

Article | Sep 22, 2016

The Eurozone is (quietly) disintegrating as ‘core’ and ‘periphery’ countries continue on paths of economic divergence. That disintegration is reinforced by self-defeating policies shaped by a macroeconomic model that mimics and reinforces the divisions between ‘winners’ and ‘losers’

The performativity of potential output: Pro-cyclicality and path dependency in coordinating European fiscal policies

Paper Working paper | | Aug 2016

This paper analyzes the performative impact of the European Commission’s model for estimating ‘potential output’, which is used as a yardstick for measuring the ‘structural budget balance’ of EU countries and, hence, is crucial for coordinating European fiscal policies.