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Inspiring Economics

Human Motivation in Political Economy

9781843762614 Edward Elgar Publishing
Bruno S. Frey, Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Science, University of Warwick, UK, Guest Professor, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany and Research Director, CREMA – Centre for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts, Switzerland
Publication Date: 2002 ISBN: 978 1 84376 261 4 Extent: 256 pp
Bruno S. Frey illustrates what he perceives to be the inspirational quality of economics and how this differs from the type of economics studied in many academic institutions. He introduces insights into economics from a psychological perspective, dealing with issues such as transformation of anomalies, identification in democracy and crowding effects, and focuses on intrinsic motivation and how it is undermined.

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Economics can be inspiring – often taking a stand against convention, achieving challenging results, discussing unorthodox viewpoints and suggesting new policies.

Bruno S. Frey illustrates what he perceives to be the inspirational quality of economics and how this differs from the type of economics studied in many academic institutions. He introduces insights into economics from a psychological perspective, dealing with issues such as transformation of anomalies, identification in democracy and crowding effects, and focuses on intrinsic motivation and how it is undermined.

Inspiring Economics also looks at the integration of economics and politics, covering topics including popular initiatives and referenda, authoritarian nations and foreign aid, and the way in which the cost of war is reflected on the capital market.

This groundbreaking empirical study of human motivation and behaviour will be a fascinating read for those interested in economics and economic theory.
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‘I highly recommend this book to all economists. It is well written, informative and a pleasure to read. The first chapter, in particular, "Inspiring, Dismal or Boring Economics?" should be made required reading for all graduate students in economics, and even more so for their professors, especially at leading universities in the United States.’
– Yew-Kwang Ng, Journal of Economic Literature

‘Instead of ignoring the challenge to rational behaviour posed by several “anomalies” in behaviour, or abandoning rationality in the face of this challenge, Bruno Frey’s Inspiring Economics provides a valuable extension of rational behaviour to incorporate these anomalies. This is an exhilarating study that I strongly recommend to everyone, including those like myself, who believe that the importance of these anomalies are sometimes exaggerated.’
– Gary S. Becker, Stanford University, US

‘Bruno Frey is one of a number of modern economists who believe (as I do) that economics should be importing rather than exporting ideas from elsewhere in the social sciences. In these sparkling essays, he shows that rational choice theory is enriched and sometimes revised by taking account of non-monetary rewards and incentives. With Frey, economics once again becomes an inspiring behavioural science.’
– The late Mark Blaug, formerly of the University of London and University of Buckingham, UK
Contents
Contents: Preface Part I: On Economics 1. Inspiring, Dismal or Boring Economics? 2. From Economic Imperialism to Social Science Inspiration Part II: Integrating Psychology 3. Economic Incentives Transform Psychological Anomalies with Reiner Eichenberger 4. Marriage Paradoxes with Reiner Eichenberger 5. From the Price to the Crowding Effect 6. The Old Lady Visits your Backyard: A Tale of Morals and Markets with Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Reiner Eichenberger 7. Motivation, Knowledge Transfer and Organizational Forms with Margit Osterloh Part III: Political Economy 8. Identification in Democratic Society with Iris Bohnet 9. Popular Referenda and Institutional Reform 10. What are the Sources of Happiness? with Alois Stutzer 11. FOCJ: Competitive Governments for Europe with Reiner Eichenberger 12. The Political Economy of Stabilization Programmes in Developing Countries with Reiner Eichenberger 13. Bond Values and World War II Events with Marcel Kucher References Index

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