Economics, Cognition, and Society (Series)

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This series provides a forum for theoretical and empirical investigations of social phenomena. It promotes works that focus on the interactions among cognitive processes, individual behavior, and social outcomes. It is especially open to interdisciplinary books that are genuinely integrative.

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Institutions and Economic Theory

The Contribution of the New Institutional Economics

2nd Edition

Explores the NIE with a critical assessment of its theoretical contributions

Altruistically Inclined?

The Behavioral Sciences, Evolutionary Theory, and the Origins of Reciprocity

An exploration of the role of altruism in the discipline of economics

Growth Triumphant

The Twenty-first Century in Historical Perspective

An economic historian and demographer considers what the world, freed from material need, will look like

Markets and Cultural Voices

Liberty vs. Power in the Lives of Mexican Amate Painters

Explores the world of three Mexican artists to reveal how globalization shapes their lives

Preference Pollution

How Markets Create the Desires We Dislike

Explores the failure of markets to shape desirable preferences

Imperfect Institutions

Possibilities and Limits of Reform

Surveys the new institutional theory of economic prosperity -- and decline. Explores institutional policy and opportunities for reform.

Capitol Investments

The Marketability of Political Skills

A sophisticated yet accessible analysis of the acquisition and marketability of political skills

Integrity and Agreement

Economics When Principles Also Matter

Moral principle---not mere self-interest---drives rational decision making

The Cult of Statistical Significance

How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives

How the most important statistical method used in many of the sciences doesn't pass the test for basic common sense

Social Science Knowledge and Economic Development

An Institutional Design Perspective

Synthesizes various strands of social science research and thought, including evolution of thought about development in anthropology, sociology, political science, and growth economics

Signaling Goodness

Social Rules and Public Choice

A new approach to analyzing political and charitable behavior posits that morality significantly affects that behavior

Democracy, Governance, and Growth

Demonstrates the importance of governance and social institutions to economic performance

From Liberty to Democracy

The Transformation of American Government

An analysis of American political history using the economic framework of public choice theory

The Great Breakthrough and Its Cause

Illuminates and explains the emergence of modern economic development in Western Europe after the seventeenth century

Growth Recurring

Economic Change in World History

An affordable new edition intended for course use

Regions, Institutions, and Agrarian Change in European History

An institutional approach to agricultural development in Europe leading to the "Rise of the West"

Titles, Conflict, and Land Use

The Development of Property Rights and Land Reform on the Brazilian Amazon Frontier

Describes conflicts over land use on the Brazilian frontier and analyzes the evolution of property rights from an institutional perspective

The Rebel's Dilemma

The author brings significant new insights to the study of dissent, rebellion, and revolution

Economics and Evolution

Bringing Life Back into Economics

How evolutionary ideas can be used to reconstruct economics.

The Cooperator's Dilemma

A comprehensive and current presentation of the collective-action approach

Origins of a Spontaneous Revolution

East Germany, 1989

Explains the extraordinary collapse of Communist East Germany

Trust, Ethnicity, and Identity

Beyond the New Institutional Economics of Ethnic Trading Networks, Contract Law, and Gift-Exchange

How ethnic kin-based trading networks can rely on trust when a well-developed framework of contract laws is missing