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Betting on Ideas : Wars, Invention, Inflation - Reuven Brenner

Betting on Ideas

Wars, Invention, Inflation

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Published: 1st January 1986
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In this book, Reuven Brenner argues that people bet on new ideas and are more willing to take risks when they have been outdone by their fellows on local, national, or international scales. Such bets mean that people deviate from the beaten path and either gamble, commit crimes, or come up with new ideas in art, business, or politics, and ideas concerning war and peace in particular. By using evidence on gambling, crime, and creativity now and during the Industrial Revolution, by examining innovations in English and French inheritance laws and the emergence of welfare legislation, and by looking at what has happened before and after wars, Brenner reaches the conclusion that hope and fear, envy and vanity, sentiments provoked when being leapfrogged, make humans race.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Why Do Nations Engage in Wars?
On Probability, Thinking, and Stress
On Making Up Our Minds
on Political Thought, in Particular
On Gambling, Social Instability, and Creativity Now . . . With
Evidence on Patents: Diagrams and Comments
Firms and International Trade: An Alternative Viewpoint
On the Methodology of a Uniform Approach
and during the Industrial Revolution
Why Did Inheritance Laws Change?
On Politics and Inflation
Unemployment A Note
What Insurance Can Indexation Provide? The Canadian Experiment
Indexation: Additional Viewpoints
The Choice
Notes
References
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226074016
ISBN-10: 0226074013
Series: Wars, Invention, Inflation
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 1st January 1986
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.8 x 15.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Type: New edition