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The New economics of human behavior

Author: Mariano Tommasi; Kathryn Ierulli
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
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What do sex, contraceptives, marriage, divorce, alcohol, religion, politics, crime, and punishment have in common with inflation, monopoly, and exchange rates? The answer given in this book is that the formers are all aspects of human behavior, which, like the latter, can be analyzed and modeled using conventional economic methods. The application of economic reasoning to human behavior, which was until recently
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mariano Tommasi; Kathryn Ierulli
ISBN: 0521474205 9780521474207 0521479495 9780521479493
OCLC Number: 30671308
Description: xvii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The economics of discrimination : a primer / Barry R. Chiswick --
The economic analysis of immigration / George J. Borjas --
Rational criminals and profit-maximizing police : the economic analysis of law and law enforcement / David Friedman --
Property rights in children / James S. Coleman --
Human capital, fertility, and economic growth / Robert Tamura --
Marriage market models / Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman --
The marriage premium / Kermit Daniel --
The process of government / Edgardo Enrique Zablotsky --
The economic approach to democracy / John G. Matsusaka --
The economic approach to addictive behavior / Michael Grossman --
Household production, human capital, and the economics of religion / Laurence R. Iannaccone --
The blind leading the blind : social influence, fads, and informational cascades / David Hirshleifer --
Public health and economic epidemiology / Tomas Philipson.
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What do sex, contraceptives, marriage, divorce, alcohol, religion, politics, crime, and punishment have in common with inflation, monopoly, and exchange rates? The answer given in this book is that the formers are all aspects of human behavior, which, like the latter, can be analyzed and modeled using conventional economic methods. The application of economic reasoning to human behavior, which was until recently considered to be beyond the scope of economic analysis, was pioneered by Gary Becker, the 1992 Nobel Laureate in Economics. Becker's excursions into sociology, anthropology, and political science led him to think about issues such as marriage, religion, and crime in an entirely new way, and eventually to assert that all actions, whether working, playing, dating, or mating, have economic motivations and consequences.

This book is an accessible introduction to Becker's work and ideas. It explains to students the ways in which the standard tools of economics can be used to understand a wide range of human activities, and in doing so, offer provocative insights into a wide range of social issues.

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