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Economics as a Science of Human Behaviour : Towards a New Social Science Paradigm - Bruno S. Frey

Economics as a Science of Human Behaviour

Towards a New Social Science Paradigm


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This book champions the view that economics is a social science, and that, moreover, it may serve as a new paradigm for the social sciences. Economics is taken to be part of those sciences which deal with actual problems of society by providing insights, improving our understanding and suggesting solutions. I am aware that the way problems are addressed here has little in common with economics as it is generally understood today; most economists make strong efforts to imitate the exact sciences. Economics tends to become a branch of applied mathematics; the majority of all publications in professional journals and books are full of axioms, lemmas and proofs, and they are much concerned with purely formal deductions. Often, when the results are translated into verbal language, or when they are applied empirically, disappointingly little of interest remains. The book wants to show that another type of economics exists which is surprisingly little known. This type of economics has its own particular point of view. It centres on a concept of man, or a model of human behaviour, which differs from those normally used in other social sciences such as sociology, political science, law, or psychology. I do not, however, claim that economics is the only legitimate social science. On the contrary, economics can provide useful insights only in collaboration with the other social Vll Vlll PREFACE sciences-an aspect which has been disregarded by mathematically oriented economics.

Human Behaviour
Economics as a Social Science: Approach, Applications and Interdisciplinarity
Applications to Various Areas
Natural Environment: Fair Siting Procedures
Politics: Unemployment and National Socialism
Arts: Investments in Paintings
Family: Patriarchy in China
Conflict: Fighting Political Terrorism by Refusing Recognition
History: Prisoners of War
Academia: American and European Economics and Economists
Limits and Further Developments of Homo Oeconomicus
The Price System and Morals
The Sound of Silence in Prisoner's Dilemma and Dictator Games
An Ipsative Theory of Human Behaviour
Author Index
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780792384342
ISBN-10: 0792384342
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 249
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised