John Proops

photo needed In existographies, John Proops (1947-) (CR:5) is an English ecological economist noted, in economic thermodynamics, for []

In 1985, Proops, in his chapter “Thermodynamics and Economics: from Analogy to Physical Functioning”, did some thermodynamic based analogies in economics. [1]

In 1986, Proops co-authored various articles with German economist Malte Faber, such as the 1986 “Time Irreversibilities in Economics: Some Lessons from the Natural Sciences”, on irreversibility in economics. [2]

In 1987, Proops, in his “Entropy, Information, and Confusion in the Social Sciences”, dug into the thermodynamic information fallacy; the abstract of which is as follows: [3]

“The term ‘entropy’ is now widely used in social science, although its origin is in physical science. There are three main ways in which the term may be used. The first invokes the original meaning, referring to the unidirectionality of heat flow, from hot bodies to cold ones. The second meaning can be derived from the first via statistical mechanics; this meaning is concerned with measures of ‘evenness’ of ‘similarity’. The third meaning derives from information theory. The three distinct meanings are carefully described and distinguished, and their relationships to each other are discussed. The various uses of the three concepts in the social sciences are then reviewed, including some uses which confuse the different meanings of the term. Finally, modern work in thermodynamics is examined, and its implications for economic analysis are briefly assessed.”

Proops is a professor of ecological economics at the Keele University, Keele, UK, wherein he teaches a third year entropy-based on ecological economics. (ΡΊ)

1. Proops, John. (1985). “Thermodynamics and Economics: from Analogy to Physical Functioning”, in: Energy and Time in Economics and Physical Sciences (editors: W. van Gool and J . Bruggink). Elsevier.
2. (a) Faber, Malte and Proops, John L.R. (1985). “Interdisciplinary Research Between Economists and Physical Scientists: Retrospect and Prospect”, in: KYKLOS 38 (4th Quarter): 599-616; Reprinted in: A Survey of Ecological Economics Rajaram Krishnan, Jonathan M. Harris, Neva R. Goodwin (pgs. 70-). Island Press, 1995.
(b) Faber, Malte and Proops, John. (1986). “Time Irreversibilities in Economics: Some Lessons from the Natural Sciences”, Publisher.
(c) Faber, Malte, Baumgartner, Stefan, and Proops, John L.R. (1995). “The Use of the Entropy Concept in Ecological Economics”, 22-pgs. University Heidelberg.
3. Proops, John. (1987). “Entropy, Information, and Confusion in the Social Sciences” (abs), Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 1: 225-42.

Further reading
● Faber, Malte, Niemes, Horst, and Stephan, Gunter. (1995). Entropy, Environment, and Resources: an Essay in Physio-economics (Proops, 4+ pgs). Springer.
● Mayumi, Kozo and Giampietro, Mario. (2004). Ch. 5: “Entropy in Ecological Economics” (pgs. 80-101) in Modelling in Ecological Economics by John Proops and Paul Safonov. Edward Elgar Publishing.

External links
● Proops, John L.R. (1947-) – WorldCat Identities.

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