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The economic psychology of everyday life

Author: Paul Webley
Publisher: Hove ; Philadelphia, PA : Psychology Press, 2001.
Series: International series in social psychology.
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From childhood through to adulthood, retirement and finally death, this book explores the economic problems individuals have to solve across the course of their lives. It introduces the concept of  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Webley
ISBN: 0415188601 9780415188609 041518861X 9780415188616
OCLC Number: 44089127
Description: vi, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. An Introduction to Economic Psychology. What is Economic Behaviour? Approaches to Economic Behaviour. Optimality - the Economist's Approach. Extensions of the Optimality Approach to the Whole Life Time. The Household Life Cycle. Developmental Psychology. Expressive/communicative. Economic Psychology. How We Can Study the Economic Psychology of Everyday Life. Experimental Approaches. Survey Research. The Comparative Approach. Psychology, Economics and the Economic Psychology of Everyday Life. 2. The Early Years: The Economic Problems of Childhood. Economic Socialisation. Children and comerce - An Uneasy Relationship. The Child as a Consumer of Goodssssd Services. Making Sense of Commercial Communications. The 'Wherewithal'. Getting Hold of the Wherewithall. Children's Understanding and Use of Money. Saving. Autonomous Economies Picture. How Children Understand the Institutional Arrangements That Constitute the Economy at Large. Summary and Conclusions. 3. Becoming an Economic Adult. Four Paths to Economic Independence. From School to Adulthood: Workers, Students, Claimants and Marginals. New Households - Individuals, Couples, Communes. Class, Gender and Race. Challenges and Resources. A First Job. Attitudes and Work. Career Choice. The Work/ Study Choice. Looking for Work. Youth Unemployment: Introduction. Causes of Youth Unemployment. Effects of Youth Unemployment. A First Income. Learning Money Management. Student and Non-Student Debt. Degrees of Independence: Hypothecation of Parental Support. First Purchases. Are Young Consumers Different? Consumable Goods and Services. Consumer Durables and Setting Up Home. Buying a House. Discussion. 4. Economic Behaviour in the Family. Introduction. The Family as a Dynamic System. Changing Families. Interacting Families. Interacting Systems: 'Public' and 'Private'. The Central Importance Of Gender. Micro-Economic Accounts of the Family. Gender Inequalities. Financial Organisation. Decision-Making. Divorce, Lone Parenthood and Remarriage. Future Research Problems. Economic and Social Exchange. Trading Processes Within the Family. New Problems in the Future. 5. Economic Behaviour in Maturity. Expectations. Consumer Sentiment. Rational and Adaptive Expectations. Real Expectations and Saving. Individual Differences and Economic Behavior. Typologies of Consumers. Economically- Relevant Individual Differences. Individual Differences that May Be Plausibly Related to Economic Behaviour. Personality Theory and Economic Behaviour. Buying: The Mature Consumer. Consumer Durables - When are They Acquired and When Are They Replaced? Ownership in the Laboratory. 'Special' Ownership, Collecting in Maturity. Work and Unemployment. The Changing Nature of Work? Time Spent Working. Unemployment in Mid-Life. Unemployment - Individual Risk Factors. Unemployment - Consequences and Coping. Unemployment and Self Employment. Discussion. 6. The Golden Years. Introduction: The Economic Nature of Old Age. Defining Old Age. The Economic Characteristics of Older People. The Retirement Event. The State of Retirement. The Sources of Pensioners' Income. Pensions as Uncontrollable Income. The Levels of Pensions. Economic Activity After Retirement. Paid Work. Unpaid Work. Consumption and Leisure. Saving. Giving. Frailty. Medical Care. Social Care. The Impacts of Frailty. Reconstructing the Past. Economic Life After Death. Death Services. Wills and Inheritance. Obituaries. Concluding Remarks. 7. Conclusions. Common Features of Economic Problems Across the Life Span. Common Features of Solutions to Problems. The New Millenium and the Post-modern Consumer. The Economic and the Social. A Surfeit of Choice? Specific Economic Psychological Problems. The Future of Economic Psychology.
Series Title: International series in social psychology.
Responsibility: Paul Webley [and others].


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'A good introduction to 'economic psychology' as it affects stages through our lives money management's answer to total body conditioning.' - The Observer

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