The theory of institutions as “rules in equilibrium” was developed jointly with Frank Hindriks. Some commentaries have appeared in the Journal of Institutional Economics:
Aoki, Masahiko (2015) “Why is the equilibrium notion essential for a unified institutional theory? A friendly remark on the article by Hindriks and Guala.” Journal of Institutional Economics 11: 485-488. Link
Binmore, Ken (2015) “Institutions, rules and equilibria: a commentary.” Journal of Institutional Economics 11: 493-496. Link
Hodgson, Geoffrey (2015) “On defining institutions: rules versus equilibria.” Journal of Institutional Economics 11: 497-505. Link
Searle, John (2015) “Status functions and institutional facts: reply to Hindriks and Guala.” Journal of Institutional Economics 11: 507-514. Link
Smith, Vernon (2015) “Conduct, rules and the origins of institutions.” Journal of Institutional Economics 11: 481-483. Link
Sugden, Robert (2015) “On ‘common-sense ontology’: a comment on the paper by Frank Hindriks and Francesco Guala.” Journal of Institutional Economics 11: 489-492. Link
Frank and I have replied here. Other papers that criticize or endorse our approach are beginning to appear:
Rust, Joshua (2017) “On the relation between institutional statuses and technical artefacts: a proposed taxonomy of social kinds”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies 25: 704-722. Link
Hédoin, Cyril (2018) “Institutions, rule-following and conditional reasoning”, Journal of Institutional Economics, online first. Link
The following reviews of my book, Understanding Institutions, include remarks on and critiques of the rules-in-equilibrium theory:
Hédoin, Cyril in Oekonomia 6 (2016): 443-50. Link
Vanderschraaf, Peter in Economics & Philosophy (2017). Link
Himmelreich, Johannes in Journal of Social Ontology (2017). Link
Hodgson, Geoffrey in Journal of Economic Methodology (2017). Link
Several people have written comments on “Reciprocity: Weak or Strong?” – among them Chris Boehm, Sam Bowles, Richard Boyd, Peter Richerson, Simon Gachter, David Rand, Herb Gintis, Ernst Fehr, Jo Henrich, Elinor Ostrom, Don Ross, and Bob Sugden.
They are all here, followed by my reply. The original paper is now widely cited – see for example
van Lange, Paul, Rockenbach, Bettina, and Yamagishi, Toshio (eds. 2014) Reward and Punishment in Social Dilemmas. Oxford University Press. Link
My attempt to revive the problem of external validity, in The Methodology of Experimental Economics, has generated some perplexities:
Jones, Martin (2008) “On the autonomy of experiments in economics.” Journal of Economic Methodology 15: 391-407. Link
Jimenez-Buedo, Maria, and Luis Miller (2010) “Why a trade-off? The relationship between the external and internal validity of experiments.” Theoria 25: 301-321. Link
Steel, Daniel (2010) “A new approach to argument by analogy: extrapolation and chain graphs.” Philosophy of Science 77: 1058-1069. Link
Jiménez-Buedo, Maria (2011) “Conceptual tools for assessing experiments: some well-entrenched confusions regarding the internal/external validity distinction.” Journal of Economic Methodology 18: 271-282. Link
Heukelom, Floris (2011) “How validity travelled to economic experimenting.” Journal of Economic Methodology 18: 13-28. Link
Jones, Martin (2011) “External Validity and Libraries of Phenomena: A Critique of Guala’s Methodology of Experimental Economics.” Economics and Philosophy 27: 247-271 (my reply is here).
Jackson, Cecile (2012) “Internal and external validity in experimental games: a social reality check.” The European Journal of Development Research, 24(1), 71-88. Link
Gadenne, Volker (2013) “External validity and the new inductivism in experimental economics.” Rationality, Markets and Morals 4, no. 63 . Link
Marcellesi, Alexandre (2015) “External validity: is there still a problem?” Philosophy of Science 82: 1308-1317. Link
Reiss, Julian (2018) “Against External Validity.” Synthese, online first. Link
See also these book reviews:
by Anna Alexandrova, Dan Hausman, Shaun Hargreaves-Heap, and Frank Hindriks, in Journal of Economic Methodology 15 (2008), 197-231 (this review symposium is followed by my reply).
by Don Ross, in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 59 (2008), pp. 247-252. Link
by Shepley Orr, in Economics and Philosophy 23 (2007), pp. 401-407. Link
by Joachim Weimann, in Journal of Economic Literature 44 (2006), pp. 726-728. Link
by Ivan Moscati, in History of Economic Ideas, 14 (2006), pp. 123-130. Link
by Fabian Muniesa, European Economic Sociology Newsletter, 7 (2), February 2006.
by David Teira, in Theoria, 21 (2006), pp. 342-343 (in Spanish). Link
by Flavio Felice, in Review of Metaphysics, 59 (2006), pp. 888-889.
“Models, Simulations, and Experiments” defends the idea that experiments can be demarcated from simulations on the basis of their “materiality”. The “materiality thesis” has sparked a debate that is still going on. For example:
Parker, Wendy (2009) “Does matter really matter? Computer simulations, experiments, and materiality.” Synthese 169: 483-496. Link
Winsberg, Eric (2009) “A tale of two methods.” Synthese 169: 575-592. Link
Parke, Emily (2014) “Experiments, simulations, and epistemic privilege.” Philosophy of Science 81: 516-536. Link
Roush, Sherrilyn (2017) “The epistemic superiority of experiment to simulation.” Synthese, online first. Link
“Building Economic Machines” is an early contribution to the literature on “economic performativity”. My account of the design of the FCC auctions has been criticised by Edward Nik-Khah in various papers:
Nik-Khah, Edward (2006) “What the FCC Auctions can tell us about the performativity thesis.” Economic Sociology–European Electronic Newsletter 7: 15-21. Link
Mirowski, Philip, and Edward Nik-Khah (2007) “Performativity, and a problem in Science Studies, augmented with consideration of the FCC Auctions.” in D. MacKenzie, F. Muniesa and L. Siu (eds.) Do economists make markets? Princeton University Press, pp. 190-225.
Nik-Khah, Edward (2008) “A tale of two auctions.” Journal of Institutional Economics 4: 73-97. Link
Here is my reply: “Getting the FCC auctions straight“.