Economic Concepts for the Social Sciences

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Overview

This book presents an overview and assessment of the conceptual advances in economics during the last century. The book relies heavily on engaging examples, intended to draw in the reader and to demonstrate the far-reaching application of economic reasoning to social phenomena. The book is aimed at a broad audience including those with little or no formal training in economics. Readers will come to appreciate the novel insights and methods developed by economists in recent decades.
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"Sandler provides a technical yet readable guide for noneconomists, although the stylized stories receive more space than the real world applications.... Sandler's approach is balanced, including a less-than-optimistic appraisal of the future impact of economic theory in which he specializes." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521792622
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 300
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Table and Figures
Preface
1 Economics without Apology 1
2 Back to the Future: Political Economy 17
3 In Another's Shoes: Games, Strategies, and Economics 33
4 It Takes Two or More: Public Economics and Collective Action 56
5 Government for the Politician? Public and Social Choice 76
6 Institutions Matter: The New Institutional Economics 95
7 Knowledge Is Power: Asymmetric Information 110
8 Everything Ties Together: General Equilibrium 130
9 Laboratory Economics: Of Rats and Men 146
10 Before Yesterday and Beyond Tomorrow: Intergenerational Economics 161
11 Fish, Space, and Spaceship Earth: Bioeconomics and Interdisciplinary Economics 185
12 Crystal Ball Economics: Rational Expectations 203
13 How Do We Get There from Here? Transition Economies and Policy Reforms 215
14 Economic Growth: Endogeneity, Institutions, and Other Concepts 229
15 Economic Visions of Future Horizons 244
References 259
Author Index 277
Subject Index 281
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