Do Americans Shop Too Much?

Do Americans Shop Too Much?

by Juliet Schor Professor of Economics
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080700443X

ISBN-13: 9780807004432

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Beacon

Juliet Schor breaks a taboo by exposing Americans' shopping habits to moral society. Schor disapproves of unfettered private consumption, not only because we already use up so much, but also because overspending to bolster a sense of self does not lead to happiness. Along with her critique, Schor suggests intriguing ideas for making 'status' goods accessible for

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Juliet Schor breaks a taboo by exposing Americans' shopping habits to moral society. Schor disapproves of unfettered private consumption, not only because we already use up so much, but also because overspending to bolster a sense of self does not lead to happiness. Along with her critique, Schor suggests intriguing ideas for making 'status' goods accessible for all—for example, imposing high taxes on expensive items to subsidize lines of affordable 'luxury' goods. A firestorm of responses follow from economist Robert Frank and others.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807004432
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
New Democracy Forum Series
Edition description:
None
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.30(d)

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