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Using historical and recent case studies as well as behavioral experiments, the author shows how well-designed incentives can encourage the civic motives on which good governance... Read more
Samuel Bowles directs the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute and is the author of Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions, and Evolution; A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution (with Herbert Gintis);andThe New Economics of Inequality and Redistribution.
Why do humans, uniquely among animals, cooperate in large numbers to advance projects for the common good? Contrary to the conventional wisdom in biology and economics, this generous and civic-minded behavior is widespread and cannot be explained simply by far-sighted self-interest or a desire to help close genealogical kin....
Presents an introduction to modern microeconomic theory. This book develops a theory of how economic institutions shape individual behavior, and how institutions evolve due to individual actions, technological change, and chance events. It addresses institutional innovation, social preferences, nonmarket social interactions, and social capital.
This work questions the extent to which the American Constitution furthers democratic goals. It reveals the Constitution's potentially antidemocratic elements and explains why they are there, compares the American constitutional system to other democratic systems, and more.
Explores the status and authority of law and the nature of political allegiance through close readings of three classic Hollywood Westerns: Howard Hawks' "Red River" and John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "The Searchers". The author treats these films as sophisticated mythic accounts of a key moment in American history.
Combining ethnographic and experimental approaches, this book reports the results of a large cross-cultural study aimed at determining the sources of social (non-selfish) preferences that underlie the diversity of human sociality. This book includes a succinct but substantive introduction to the use of game theory as an analytical tool.
Looks at the ways the global form of capitalism affects our lives. This book analyzes how changes in work ethic, in our attitudes toward merit and talent, and in public and private institutions contributes to 'the spectre of uselessness'. It concludes with suggestions to counter this disturbing culture.
Incorporating the latest results from behavioral economics and microeconomic theory, Samuel Bowles argues that conventional economics has mistakenly presented inequality as the price of progress. In place of this view, he offers a novel and optimistic account of the possibility of a more just economy.
Responding in particular to the challenges posed by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, this landmark new collection from Routledge's Critical Concepts in Economics series provides an exhaustive anthology of post-Keynesian economics. Peter Kriesler (University of New South Wales, Australia) has gathered and carefully curated the major works of scholarship on all the principal theoretical,...
Complexity science - made possible by modern analytical and computational advances - is changing the way we think about social systems and social theory. This title outlines a flexible policy narrative, picturing society as a complex evolving system that is uncontrollable but that can be influenced.
What is wrong with today's banking system? The past few years have shown that risks in banking can impose significant costs on the economy. This title examines the narratives used by bankers, politicians, and regulators to rationalize the lack of reform, exposing them as invalid.
In this book, first published in 1939, an analysis is given of the incidence both of partial income taxes, that is of income taxes which are levied on the incomes arising from particular lines of industry, and of a general income tax.
The discipline of law and economics has earned a reputation for developing plausible and empirically testable theories on the social functions and the impact of legal institutions. Property rights are a field in which this has been very successful. In this book, economic property rights theories are applied to case law in order to examine the practice and solution of real life conflicts. The...
The text contains no explicit reference to mathematical apparatus which has rendered eminient service in economics, especially in recent years. Some of the simpler applications of algebraic symbols and geometrical diagrams to econcomic problems are presented in an appendix. Those to whom these forms of expression tend rather to confuse than to clarify the reasoning which they embody, may thus...
Summary of Thomas Piketty's book. In the U.S., for the last 40 years, the top 1 percent of the population have drastically increased their share in total income. Piketty explains issues of income concentration and provides an analysis of capitalism. He demonstrates that the rising inequality is a crucial part of modern capitalism. Check out new books by I.K. Mullins: >>> Business Adventures...
This will be a two-part handbook on Dynamic Game Theory and part of the Springer Reference program. Part I will be on the fundamentals and theory of dynamic games. It will serve as a quick reference and a source of detailed exposure to topics in dynamic games for a broad community of researchers, educators, practitioners, and students.
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