The Joyless Economy: The Psychology of Human Satisfaction

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Oxford University Press, 1992 - Medical - 334 pages
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Originally published in 1976, this work attempted to establish the legitimacy of understanding economic behaviour in psychological terms. This revised edition stresses the fact that economic abundance does not necessarily lead to satisfaction, and includes new material on contemporary applications.

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This is a remarkable book in which Scitovsky draws on his knowledge of economics, the arts, and psychology in the form of Berlyne's experimental aesthetics. He has many provocative and original ... Read full review

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Basically our economy is set up to make us depressed. Capitalism has an incentive not to sell us the goods we want, but the goods it wants to sell, hence, advertising. This was the book that got ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter Two Between Strain and Boredom
15
Chapter Three The Pursuit of Novelty
31
Chapter Four Comfort Versus Pleasure
59
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About the author (1992)

Tibor Scitovsky is at Stanford University.

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