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Economic Approach to Human Behavior

Economic Approach to Human Behavior - 76 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226041124

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ISBN13: 978-0226041124
ISBN10: 0226041123
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Edition/Copyright: 76
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1976
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Economic Approach to Human Behavior - 76 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226041124

Gary S. Becker

ISBN13: 978-0226041124
ISBN10: 0226041123
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 76
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 1976
International: No
Summary

Since his pioneering application of economic analysis to racial discrimination, Gary S. Becker has shown that an economic approach can provide a unified framework for understanding all human behavior. In a highly readable selection of essays Becker applies this approach to various aspects of human activity, including social interactions; crime and punishment; marriage, fertility, and the family; and ''irrational'' behavior. ''Becker's highly regarded work in economics is most notable in the imaginative application of 'the economic approach' to a surprising breadth of human activity. Becker's essays over the years have inevitably inspired a surge of research activity in testimony to the richness of his insights into human activities lying 'outside' the traditionally conceived economic markets. Perhaps no economist in our time has contributed more to expanding the area of interest to economists than Becker, and a number of these thought-provoking essays are collected in this book.''--Choice Gary Becker was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1992.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction 1. The Economic Approach to Human Behavior Part 2. Price and Prejudice 2. Effective Discrimination Part 3. Law and Politics 3. Competition and Democracy 4. Crime and Punishment: An Economic Approach Part 4. Time and Household Production 5. A Theory of the Allocation of Time 6. The Allocation of Time and Goods over Time 7. On the New Theory of Consumer Behavior (with Robert T. Michael) Part 5. Irrational Behavior 8. Irrational Behavior and Economic Theory Part 6. Marriage, Fertility, and the Family 9. An Economic Analysis of Fertility 10. On the interaction between the Quantity and Quality of Children (with H. Gregg Lewis) 11. A Theory of Marriage Part 7. Social Interactions 12. A Theory of Social Interactions 13. Altruism, Egoism, and Genetic Fitness: Economics and Sociobiology References Index
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