• Filename: economic-sentiments.
  • ISBN: 0674725611
  • Release Date: 2013-02-04
  • Number of pages: 353
  • Author: Emma Rothschild
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

A benchmark in the history of economics and of political ideas, Rothschild shows us the origins of laissez-faire economic thought and its relation to political conseratism in an unquiet world.

Shanghai Splendor

  • Filename: shanghai-splendor.
  • ISBN: 9780520249714
  • Release Date: 2007-09-03
  • Number of pages: 305
  • Author: Wen-hsin Yeh
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

"What a fine and illuminating book! Shanghai Splendor is an important and captivating work of scholarship."—David Strand, author of Rickshaw Beijing: City People and Politics in the 1920s "This in an outstanding work. Although Shanghai has been among the most popular subjects for scholars in modern Chinese studies, one has yet to see a project as impressive as this. Yeh tells a most fascinating story."—David Der-wei Wang, author of The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in 20th Century China


  • Filename: economic-sentiments.
  • ISBN: 0674004892
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 353
  • Author: Emma Rothschild
  • Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

A benchmark in the history of economics and of political ideas, Rothschild shows us the origins of laissez-faire economic thought and its relation to political conseratism in an unquiet world.

Moral Sentiments and Material Interests

  • Filename: moral-sentiments-and-material-interests.
  • ISBN: 0262072521
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 404
  • Author: Herbert Gintis
  • Publisher: MIT Press

Multidisciplinary research into cooperation and the implications for public policy, drawing on insights from economics, anthropology, biology, social psychology, and sociology.

The Adam Smith Review

  • Filename: the-adam-smith-review.
  • ISBN: 9781134469529
  • Release Date: 2004-11-30
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Vivienne Brown
  • Publisher: Routledge

The Adam Smith Review is a multidisciplinary refereed annual review that covers all aspects of research relating to Adam Smith, his writings, and his significance for the modern world. It is the only publication of its kind and it aims to facilitate debate between scholars working across the humanities and social sciences. This first volume contains contributions from a multidisciplinary range of specialists, including Stephen Darwall, Samuel Fleischacker, Willie Henderson, Takashi Negishi, Ian Simpson Ross, Emma Rothschild, Richard B. Sher, Ernst Tugendhat, Gloria Vivenza and Patricia H. Werhane, who discuss such themes as: the reception of the Wealth of Nations the classics and Adam Smith Adam Smith and Kant Adam Smith and disequilibrium economic theory

Natural Law Economics and the Common Good

  • Filename: natural-law-economics-and-the-common-good.
  • ISBN: 9781845403904
  • Release Date: 2012-03-08
  • Number of pages: 355
  • Author: Samuel Gregg
  • Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and ongoing debt-related troubles there have been widespread calls to put banking and economic activity on a secure ethical foundation, either by regulation or through voluntary reform. In this volume a distinguished set of authors explore various economic, philosophical, and ethical ideas from historical, contemporary, and future-looking perspectives. At the core are two related ideas much mentioned but far more rarely examined: the idea of natural law and that of the common good. In these essays the foundations and meaning of these notions are carefully studied and put to work in examining the nature and scope of ethics in relation to global economics.

Moral Sentiments and Material Interests

  • Filename: moral-sentiments-and-material-interests.
  • ISBN: 0262072521
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 404
  • Author: Herbert Gintis
  • Publisher: MIT Press

Multidisciplinary research into cooperation and the implications for public policy, drawing on insights from economics, anthropology, biology, social psychology, and sociology.

Economics of Good and Evil

  • Filename: economics-of-good-and-evil.
  • ISBN: 0199831904
  • Release Date: 2011-07-01
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: Tomas Sedlacek
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Tomas Sedlacek has shaken the study of economics as few ever have. Named one of the "Young Guns" and one of the "five hot minds in economics" by the Yale Economic Review, he serves on the National Economic Council in Prague, where his provocative writing has achieved bestseller status. How has he done it? By arguing a simple, almost heretical proposition: economics is ultimately about good and evil. In The Economics of Good and Evil, Sedlacek radically rethinks his field, challenging our assumptions about the world. Economics is touted as a science, a value-free mathematical inquiry, he writes, but it's actually a cultural phenomenon, a product of our civilization. It began within philosophy--Adam Smith himself not only wrote The Wealth of Nations, but also The Theory of Moral Sentiments--and economics, as Sedlacek shows, is woven out of history, myth, religion, and ethics. "Even the most sophisticated mathematical model," Sedlacek writes, "is, de facto, a story, a parable, our effort to (rationally) grasp the world around us." Economics not only describes the world, but establishes normative standards, identifying ideal conditions. Science, he claims, is a system of beliefs to which we are committed. To grasp the beliefs underlying economics, he breaks out of the field's confines with a tour de force exploration of economic thinking, broadly defined, over the millennia. He ranges from the epic of Gilgamesh and the Old Testament to the emergence of Christianity, from Descartes and Adam Smith to the consumerism in Fight Club. Throughout, he asks searching meta-economic questions: What is the meaning and the point of economics? Can we do ethically all that we can do technically? Does it pay to be good? Placing the wisdom of philosophers and poets over strict mathematical models of human behavior, Sedlacek's groundbreaking work promises to change the way we calculate economic value.

The Invisible Hand in Economics

  • Filename: the-invisible-hand-in-economics.
  • ISBN: 9780415569545
  • Release Date: 2009-11
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: N. Emrah Aydinonat
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This is a book about one of the most controversial concepts in economics the invisible hand. The author explores the unintended social consequences implied by the invisible hand and discusses the mechanisms that bring about these consequences. The book questions, examines and explicates the strengths and weaknesses of invisible hand explanations concerning the emergence of institutions and macro-social structures, from a methodological and philosophical perspective. Aydinonat analyses paradigmatic examples of invisible-hand explanations, such as Carl Menger's `Origin of Money' and Thomas Schelling's famous chequerboard model of residential segregation in relation to contemporary models of emergence of money and segregation.Based on this analysis, he provides a fresh look at the philosophical literature on models and explanation and develops a philosophical framework for interpreting invisible hand type of explanations in economics and elsewhere. Finally, the author applies this framework to recent game theoretic models of institutions and outlines the way in which they should be evaluated. Covering areas such as history, philosophy of economics and game theory this book will appeal to philosophers of social science and historians of economic thought, as well as to practising economists.


  • Filename: bulgaria.
  • ISBN: 9781452794297
  • Release Date: 2007-12-19
  • Number of pages: 71
  • Author: International Monetary Fund
  • Publisher: International Monetary Fund

This Selected Issues paper on Bulgaria investigates possible driving forces behind the investment boom based on cross-country evidence. The diagnosis of the drivers behind the investment boom is important as it is key to assessing Bulgaria’s economic prospects, vulnerabilities, and policy challenges. The available evidence is less than clear-cut, but broadly suggests that the investment boom reflects to a large extent a one-off reassessment of Bulgaria’s riskiness as an investment location. The paper also investigates why Bulgaria’s GDP growth rate did not respond more strongly to the investment boom.

Reefer Madness

  • Filename: reefer-madness.
  • ISBN: 054752675X
  • Release Date: 2004-04-01
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Eric Schlosser
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

America’s black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risqué video, or pay our kids’ nannies in cash. In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American marketplace and its far-reaching influence on our society. Exposing three American mainstays — pot, porn, and illegal immigrants — Eric Schlosser shows how the black market has burgeoned over the past several decades. He also draws compelling parallels between underground and overground: how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new techonology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets as well as mainstream ones, and how big business learns — and profits — from the underground. Reefer Madness is a powerful investigation that illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow.

Social Ties and Economic Performance

  • Filename: social-ties-and-economic-performance.
  • ISBN: 079239836X
  • Release Date: 1996-12-31
  • Number of pages: 213
  • Author: Frans van Dijk
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

This volume focuses on the social impact of the public sector on the performance of the private sector, especially in the long term. It presents a model of the formation of social ties by economic interaction and uses this to explore the relevance of social ties and their dynamics for economic performance. The impact of public provision and stochastic migration on social ties and the (total) provision level of the public good are also examined. It discusses the role of social ties in other types of interaction, and proposes definitions of social capital and infrastructure. Furthermore, it contains a discussion of the connections between the different conceptions of these terms. Also the effects of social ties and the influence of different types of public intervention on growth are examined. The assumption of exogenously determined, stochastic migration is dropped, and migration behavior is analyzed explicitly. In this theoretical investigation of the dynamics of social ties and economic interaction a number of important effects on economic performance will be suggested.

Trading Places

  • Filename: trading-places.
  • ISBN: 0801476097
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Madeleine Dobie
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press

Dobie explores the place of the colonial world in the culture of the French Enlightenment, tracing the displacement of colonial questions onto two familiar aspects of Enlightenment thought: Orientalism and fascination with Amerindian cultures.

Veiled Sentiments

  • Filename: veiled-sentiments.
  • ISBN: 0520224736
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 317
  • Author: Lila Abu-Lughod
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

"A truly extraordinary book--beautifully and modestly written, remarkably insightful, consistently compelling." --Edward Said, author of Out of Place: A Memoir

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