Inspiring Economics: Human Motivation in Political Economy

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Edward Elgar, 2001 - Business & Economics - 236 pages
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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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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

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