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The economics of sin : rational choice or no choice at all?

Author: Samuel Cameron
Publisher: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar, ©2002.
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"The Economics of Sin" examines the definition and evolution of sin from the perspective of rational choice economics, yet is conscious of the limitations of such an approach. The author argues that because engaging in activities deemed to be sinful is an act of choice, it can therefore be subject to the logic of choice in the economic model. The book considers the formation of religions, including the new age  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Cameron, Samuel.
Economics of sin.
Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar, ©2002
(DLC) 2002027146
(OCoLC)50129359
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Cameron
ISBN: 1843767007 9781843767008
OCLC Number: 53888154
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 240 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Tools of the trade: Rational choice --
Religion --
Greed, lust, sloth and waste --
Envy and jealousy --
Lies and deceit --
Matters of life and death --
Addiction --
Adultery --
Prostitution.
Responsibility: Samuel Cameron.

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"The Economics of Sin" examines the definition and evolution of sin from the perspective of rational choice economics, yet is conscious of the limitations of such an approach. The author argues that because engaging in activities deemed to be sinful is an act of choice, it can therefore be subject to the logic of choice in the economic model. The book considers the formation of religions, including the new age revival of "wicca", as regulators of the quasi-market in sins, and goes on to the role of specific sins such as lying, envy, jealousy, greed, lust, sloth and waste in individual markets.

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