Inspiring Economics: Human Motivation in Political Economy

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In this text for scholars of economics, Frey looks at the field of economics with an emphasis on social issues and human motivation. Most of the chapters have been co-written with various of Frey's colleagues at the University of Zurich. Their approach applies psychology to the study of economics and discusses interactions between economics and politics. A sampling of topics includes how economic incentives transform psychological anomalies, identification in democratic society, and how war affects bond values. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840642056
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Pt. I On Economics
1 Inspiring, dismal or boring economics? 3
2 From economic imperialism to social science inspiration 10
Pt. II Integrating Psychology
3 Economic incentives transform psychological anomalies 21
4 Marriage paradoxes 37
5 From the price to the Crowding Effect 52
6 The Old Lady visits your backyard: a tale of morals and markets 73
7 Motivation, knowledge transfer and organizational forms 87
Pt. III Political Economy
8 Identification in democratic society 103
9 Popular referenda and institutional reform 118
10 What are the sources of happiness? 135
11 FOCJ: competitive governments for Europe 147
12 The political economy of stabilization programmes in developing countries 163
13 Bond values and World War II events 184
References 217
Index 233
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