Behavioral Economics: A History - Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics (Paperback)
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Behavioral Economics: A History - Historical Perspectives on Modern Economics (Paperback)

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Paperback 238 Pages / Published: 08/10/2015
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This book presents a history of behavioral economics. The recurring theme is that behavioral economics reflects and contributes to a fundamental reorientation of the epistemological foundations upon which economics had been based since the days of Smith, Ricardo, and Mill. With behavioral economics, the discipline has shifted from grounding its theories in generalized characterizations to building theories from behavioral assumptions directly amenable to empirical validation and refutation. The book proceeds chronologically and takes the reader from von Neumann and Morgenstern's axioms of rational behavior, through the incorporation of rational decision theory in psychology in the 1950s-70s, to the creation and rise of behavioral economics in the 1980s and 1990s at the Sloan and Russell Sage Foundations.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107569546
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


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'This superb book gives the reader a unique and fascinating window into the historical and intellectual origins of behavioral economics, a movement that is rebuilding economics on a new, more realistic foundation.' George Loewenstein, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
'The author provides a balanced treatment of diverging views with a light hand on interpretation ... Summing up: highly recommended.' M. H. Lesser, Choice
'Together, the two narratives make for a richer fabric that can undergird future debates and serve as a basis for much-needed further work on the history, philosophy, and methodology of behavioral economics.' Erik Angner, Journal of the History of Economic Thought

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