Economizing Mind, 1870-2015: When Economics and Psychology Met . . . or Didn't (Hardcover)

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By Marina Bianchi (Editor), Neil de Marchi (Editor)
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A supplement to History of Political Economy

Economists and psychologists share an interest in explaining how people make the choices that they do. However, economists have tended to stress individual rationality, shaped by economic motives and expressed in formal logical or mathematical models, while psychologists have preferred to identify influences through experimentation. In recent decades, behavioral economics has bridged the two fields and challenged the traditional economic assumption that individuals choose rationally. The essays collected here provide a longer view and reflect on episodic contact between psychology and economics beginning in the late nineteenth century. They help explain why meaningful, sustained joint inquiry eluded both disciplines for so long and usefully complement the recent inclination of researchers in each field to find inadequacy in the other.

Contributors: Marina Bianchi, Simon J. Cook, Neil De Marchi, Jos Edwards, Tiziana Foresti, Craufurd D. Goodwin, Judy L. Klein, Harro Maas, Ivan Moscati, John Staddon, Andrej Svorenč k.

About the Author

Marina Bianchi is Professor of Economics at the University of Cassino and the author of The Active Consumer. Neil De Marchi is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University and coeditor of Moving Pictures: Intra-European Trade in Images, 16th-18th Centuries.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780822363897
ISBN-10: 0822363895
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: March 30th, 2017
Pages: 300
Language: English