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The Economics of Rationality - Bill J. Gerrard

The Economics of Rationality

By: Bill J. Gerrard (Editor)

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Published: 7th January 1993
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The concept of the rational economic agent is at the heart of modern economics. Mainstream economic theory seems unable to proceed without the assumption that agents function by finding the optimal means to a well-defined end. Despite the centrality of this view, many economists find this concept of rationality to be of little use when applied to a wide range of economic phenomena.
"The Economics of Rationality" contains a group of critical perspectives on the treatment of rationality in economics. The contributors are drawn from several sub-disciplines within economics, such as experimental economics, post-Keynesian economics, institutional economics, and economic methodology. Taken together, the essays cast considerable doubt on the question of whether a unitary conception of rationality within economics is possible or desirable.

Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Rationality Is as Rationality Doesp. 6
Developments in Utility Theory as a Paradigm Language Gamep. 22
Calculation, Habits and Actionp. 36
Beyond the Logical Theory of Rational Choicep. 52
Referencesp. 67
Post-Modernity and New Conceptions of Rationality in Economicsp. 68
Keynes on Rationalityp. 91
Public Choice, Stability and Social Rationalityp. 123
Referencesp. 147
Disparities between Health State Measuresp. 149
Bounded Rationality in Actionp. 179
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780415068758
ISBN-10: 0415068754
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 7th January 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1