Strategies of Commitment and Other Essays / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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All of the essays in this new collection by Thomas Schelling convey his unique perspective on individuals and society. This perspective has several characteristics: it is strategic in that it assumes that an important part of people's behavior is motivated by the thought of influencing other people's expectations; it views the mind as being separable into two or more parts (rational/irrational; present-minded/future-minded); it is motivated by policy concernssmoking and other addictions, global warming, segregation, nuclear war; and while it accepts many of the basic assumptions of economicsthat people are forward-looking, rational decision makers, that resources are scarce, and that incentives are importantit is open to modifying them when appropriate, and open to the findings and insights of other social science disciplines.
Schellinga 2005 Nobel Prize winner has been one of the four or five most important social scientists of the past fifty years, and this collection shows why.
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About the Author
Thomas C. Schelling was Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Economics and School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He was co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics.
Table of Contents
1. Strategies of Commitment
Climate and Society
2. What Makes Greenhouse Sense?
3. The Economic Diplomacy of Geoengineering
4. Intergenerational and International Discounting
Commitment as Self-Command
5. Self-Command in Practice, in Policy, and in a Theory of Rational Choice
6. Coping Rationally with Lapses from Rationality
7. Against Backsliding
8. Addictive Drugs: The Cigarette Experience
Society and Life
9. Life, Liberty, or the Pursuit of Happiness
10. Should Numbers Determine Whom to Save?
Economics and Social Policy
11. What Do Economists Know?
12. Why Does Economics Only Help with Easy Problems?
13. Prices as Regulatory Instruments
Weapons and Warfare
14. Meteors, Mischief, and War
15. Research by Accident
16. Vietnam: Reflections and Lessons
17. Social Mechanisms and Social Dynamics
18. Dynamic Models of Segregation
Decisions of the Highest Order
19. The Legacy of Hiroshima
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