Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being

Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being

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by George A. Akerlof
     
 

"In the regular economic discourse of markets and taxes, we often forget about the forces that truly make a large difference in our lives. In Identity Economics we sit on an economic porch with Rachel Kranton and George Akerlof, observing what we care about most—our identity."—Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden

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"In the regular economic discourse of markets and taxes, we often forget about the forces that truly make a large difference in our lives. In Identity Economics we sit on an economic porch with Rachel Kranton and George Akerlof, observing what we care about most—our identity."—Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

"In Identity Economics, George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton team up to bring people and their passions into economic analysis. Moving away from conventional accounts, they propose a bold paradigm to explain why and how identity and social norms shape economic decision making. With verve and insight, the book transforms standard economic understandings of organizations, schools, gender segregation, and racial discrimination. This new enlightened economics opens up a bright future for serious collaboration between economists and sociologists."—Viviana A. Zelizer, author of The Purchase of Intimacy

"This intriguing book shows how much can be learned when you add the tools of economics to the other intellectual resources now available for thinking about the power of identity. George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton report the results of technical modeling without immersing the reader in the technicalities. The result is an accessible work of commendable clarity."—Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The Ethics of Identity

"Identity Economics blends elements of psychology with traditional economic analysis. The writing is clear, interesting, and light on jargon. The interplay between theoretical predictions and concrete examples is particularly successful. It brings fascinating developments at the frontier of economics within reach of a wide audience."—H. Peyton Young, University of Oxford

"Identity Economics is full of creative and interesting thoughts that will delight and intrigue those who read it. The writing is lucid and accessible with a minimum of standard economics jargon, making it possible for the book to have a wide readership across the social sciences."—Timothy Besley, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691152554
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/26/2011
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
901,794
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: Economics and Identity

ONE: Introduction 3

CHAPTER TWO: Identity Economics 9

CHAPTER THREE: Identity and Norms in Utility 17

POSTSCRIPT TO CHAPTER THREE A Rosetta Stone 21

CHAPTER FOUR: Where We Fit into Today's Economics 27

PART TWO: Work and School

CHAPTER FIVE: Identity and the Economics of Organizations 39

CHAPTER SIX: Identity and the Economics of Education 61

PART THREE: Gender and Race

CHAPTER SEVEN: Gender and Work 83

CHAPTER EIGHT: Race and Minority Poverty 97

PART FOUR: Looking Ahead

CHAPTER NINE: Identity Economics and Economic Methodology 113

CHAPTER TEN: Conclusion, and Five Ways Identity Changes

Economics 121

Acknowledgments 131

Notes 135

References 153

Index 173

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