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The soulful science : what economists really do and why it matters

Author: Diane Coyle
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
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"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. In contrast to Freakonomics, which applied economics to unlikely or even eccentric subjects such as baby names and drug gangs, The Soulful Science describes the remarkable  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Coyle
ISBN: 0691125139 9780691125138 0691136238 9780691136233
OCLC Number: 78265611
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2007.
Description: vii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue to Part 1 --
pt. 1. The mysteries of wealth and poverty. The history detectives ; What makes economies grow? ; How to make poverty history --
Prologue to Part 2 --
pt. 2. Are individuals free to choose? What's it all about? ; Economics for humans ; Information and markets --
Prologue to Part 3 --
pt. 3. Nature, markets and society. Murderous apes and entrepreneurs ; Economy versus society ; Why economics has soul.
Other Titles: What economists really do and why it matters
Responsibility: Diane Coyle.

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Building on the popularity of books such as "Freakonomics" that have applied economic thinking to the paradoxes of everyday life, this title describes the creative renaissance in how economics is  Read more...

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