The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters

The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters

by Diane Coyle
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Princeton University Press
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The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters

To many, Thomas Carlyle's put-down of economics as "the dismal science" is as fitting now as it was 150 years ago. But Diane Coyle argues that economics today is more soulful than dismal, a more practical and human science than ever before. Building on the popularity of books such as Freakonomics, which have applied economic thinking to the paradoxes of everyday life, The Soulful Science describes the remarkable creative renaissance in how economics is addressing the most fundamental questions-and how it is starting to help solve problems such as poverty and global warming. A lively and entertaining tour of the most exciting new economic thinking about big-picture problems, The Soulful Science tells us how economics got its soul back-and how it just might help save the planet's.

About the Author:
Diane Coyle is a writer and Harvard economics Ph.D. A member of the BBC Trust, the UK Competition Commission, and a visiting professor at the University of Manchester, she also runs an economic consulting firm, Enlightenment Economics

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691136233
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 01/03/2008
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     1
Prologue to Part 1     7
The Mysteries of Wealth and Poverty     9
The History Detectives     11
What Makes Economies Grow?     36
How to Make Poverty History     64
Prologue to Part 2     97
Are Individuals Free to Choose?     99
What's It All About?     101
Economics for Humans     121
Information and Markets     146
Prologue to Part 3     175
Nature, Markets, and Society     177
Murderous Apes and Entrepreneurs     179
Economy versus Society     203
Why Economics Has Soul     230
References     257
Index     273

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