Economics and Biology

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Table of Contents

1 Biological Analogies in the Theory of the Firm 3
2 The Development of the Concepts of Mechanism and Model in Physical Science and Economic Thought 19
3 On the Scope and Method of Economics 29
4 Methods in Economic Science 48
5 Mechanistic and Organistic Analogies in Economics Reconsidered 60
6 Altruism, Egoism, and Genetic Fitness: Economics and Sociobiology 77
7 Economics from a Biological Viewpoint 87
8 Sociobiology and Economics 139
9 Bio-Economics: Social Economy Versus the Chicago School 149
10 Economics, Sociobiology, and Behavioral Psychology on Preferences 160
11 Malthus and the Evolutionists: The Common Context of Biological and Social Theory 179
12 Darwin, Malthus, and Selection 212
13 Schumpeter versus Darwin: In re Malthus 221
14 Darwin and Political Economy: The Connection Reconsidered 234
15 Alfred Marshall on Economic Biology 259
16 Biological Analogies in Marshall's Work 273
17 The Suppression of Evolutionary Approaches in Economics: The Case of Marshall and Monopolistic Competition 291
18 Solving Marshall's Problem with the Biological Analogy: Jack Downie's Competitive Process 299
19 Economic Models in Ecology 321
20 Optimization Theory in Evolution 328
21 Are Profit-Maximisers the Best Survivors? A Darwinian Model of Economic Natural Selection 354
22 How Evolutionary Biology Challenges the Classical Theory of Rational Choice 371
23 Holism, Individualism, and the Units of Selection 399
24 Technological Variety and the Process of Competition 428
25 Information, Variety and Entropy in Technoeconomic Development 456
26 Evolutionary Biology, Technological Change and Economic History 471
27 Economics as Mechanics and the Demise of Biological Diversity 494
28 Economics and Biology: Eight Areas of Research 509
29 Why the Problem of Reductionism in Biology Has Implications for Economics 526
30 Neo-classical Economics and Neo-Darwinism: Clearing the Way for Historical Thinking 548
Name Index 599
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