why economics is considered a social science (or, what’s “ceteris paribus”?)

Economists adore their numbers. For example, demand curves capture a relationship between product price and quantity demanded. However, this isolation comes by exclusion of all other influences upon demand, often resulting in predictive statments like, “they’ll demand this quantity of X if the price is set at Y”. That’s shakier ground compared to predictive statements regarding, say, a relationship between temperature and a volume of water.

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