Economics and Biology

Economics and Biology

by Geoffrey Martin Hodgson

ISBN-10: 185898050X

ISBN-13: 9781858980508

Pub. Date: 06/01/1995

Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.

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Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
International Library of Critical Writin
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1Biological Analogies in the Theory of the Firm3
2The Development of the Concepts of Mechanism and Model in Physical Science and Economic Thought19
3On the Scope and Method of Economics29
4Methods in Economic Science48
5Mechanistic and Organistic Analogies in Economics Reconsidered60
6Altruism, Egoism, and Genetic Fitness: Economics and Sociobiology77
7Economics from a Biological Viewpoint87
8Sociobiology and Economics139
9Bio-Economics: Social Economy Versus the Chicago School149
10Economics, Sociobiology, and Behavioral Psychology on Preferences160
11Malthus and the Evolutionists: The Common Context of Biological and Social Theory179
12Darwin, Malthus, and Selection212
13Schumpeter versus Darwin: In re Malthus221
14Darwin and Political Economy: The Connection Reconsidered234
15Alfred Marshall on Economic Biology259
16Biological Analogies in Marshall's Work273
17The Suppression of Evolutionary Approaches in Economics: The Case of Marshall and Monopolistic Competition291
18Solving Marshall's Problem with the Biological Analogy: Jack Downie's Competitive Process299
19Economic Models in Ecology321
20Optimization Theory in Evolution328
21Are Profit-Maximisers the Best Survivors? A Darwinian Model of Economic Natural Selection354
22How Evolutionary Biology Challenges the Classical Theory of Rational Choice371
23Holism, Individualism, and the Units of Selection399
24Technological Variety and the Process of Competition428
25Information, Variety and Entropy in Technoeconomic Development456
26Evolutionary Biology, Technological Change and Economic History471
27Economics as Mechanics and the Demise of Biological Diversity494
28Economics and Biology: Eight Areas of Research509
29Why the Problem of Reductionism in Biology Has Implications for Economics526
30Neo-classical Economics and Neo-Darwinism: Clearing the Way for Historical Thinking548
Name Index599

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