The Expansion of Economics: Toward a More Inclusive Social Science

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Economics, like most other social sciences, is not a pure discipline. Indeed, it has been enhanced by the fact that there is so much overlap between it and the related fields of business, industrial relations, political science, social psychology, and sociology. This book is the first attempt to explain how work in economics has influenced and benefited from a merging of economic analysis with the research practices of these related fields of study. With contributions from leading economists from around the world, it demonstrates how economics is leading the way toward a more unified social science.

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Grossbard-Shechtmanan and Clague (both from San Diego State U.) present 13 chapters that attempt to explain and encourage the incorporation of the analyses and insights of business, industrial relations, anthropology, political science, social psychology, and sociology into the field of economics. The chapters alternatively focus on the expansion of the field of economics or processes in which fundamental aspects of economics have been reoriented. After a comparison of economics to the fields of statistics and systems dynamics, subsequent sections look at comparative ideas of economic development, the organization of business enterprises, family and church dynamics, and collective and individual behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765606778
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
1 The Expansion and Reorientation of Economics 3
Pt. I Comparing Research Methods
2 Comparing the Methodologies Used by Statisticians and Economists for Research and Modeling 23
3 Modeling Economic Behavior with System Dynamics: Theory and Practice 33
Pt. II Comparing Ideas on Economic Development
4 Imperialism and Competition in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and Economics: A Perspective From Development Economics 49
5 The Political Economy of Economic Liberalization: Analytical Approaches From Economics and Political Science 68
Pt. III Comparing Ideas on the Firm
6 The Economic Approach to Personnel Research 99
7 Household Work and Market Work: Toward a New Model of Worker Absenteeism 140
Pt. IV Comparing Ideas on Family and Church
8 The Economics and Sociology of Marriage: Historical Trends and Theories of In-Marriage Household Labor 163
9 A Demographer on the Cusp Between Economics and Sociology: An Interview With David Heer 194
10 A Marriage Made in Heaven? Economic Theory and Religious Studies 203
Pt. V Comparing Ideas on Individual and Collective Behavior
11 On the Rationality of Cognitive Dissonance 227
12 Economics and Collective Identity: Explaining Collective Action 239
13 Concluding Comments 266
About the Editors and Contributors 273
Index 279
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