Collected Papers in Theoretical Economics: Inter-disciplinary Transgressions: Political Economy…

Hardcover | July 23, 2010

byKaushik Basu

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The fourth and the final of Basu's collected essays corpus, this volume is a collection of his inter-discliplinary essays straddling several of the social sciences and also the philosophical foundation of economics. This is a collection of relatively less technical papers and should be ofinterest to students of not just economics but also sociology and politics. Most of the essays have a development slant and several make explicit reference to India, making the book especially relevant for scholars and policymakers in India. The essays deal with wide-ranging issues-from philosophical questions, to social custom and culture, to questions that have traditionally been of interest to the sociologist and political scientist (gender, household behaviour, politics of globalization, etc.). The volume includes the author's mostcited papers, such as 'Gender and Say' and 'The Growth and Decay of Custom'. An introductory chapter surveys and connects the terrain spanned by these essays. This volume illustrates how economics can, with careful handling, be taken to concerns beyond its traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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The fourth and the final of Basu's collected essays corpus, this volume is a collection of his inter-discliplinary essays straddling several of the social sciences and also the philosophical foundation of economics. This is a collection of relatively less technical papers and should be ofinterest to students of not just economics but a...

Kaushik Basu is Donald C. Opatrny '74 Chairman, Department of Economics, Professor of Economics and C. Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.65 × 6.5 × 0.1 inPublished:July 23, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionSection I: Methodological Foundations1. Methodological Individualism2. The Empirical Development Economics: Remarks on Its Philosophical Foundations3. Paradoxes of Game TheorySection II: Moral Philosophy and Ethics4. Coercion, Contact, and the Limits of the Market5. Human Rights as Instruments of Emancipation and Economic Development6. The Concept of Equality and Interpersonal Comparisons7. Utilitarianism for Infinite Utility Streams: A New Welfare Criterion and Its Axiomatic CharacterizationSection III: Culture, Custom, and Consuetude8. The Growth and Decay of Custom: The Role of the New Institutional Economics in Economic History9. Social Norms and Cooperative Behaviour: Notes from the Hinterland between Economics and Anthropology10. Teacher Truancy in India: The Role of Culture, Norms, and Economic Incentives11. Notes on Evolution, Rationality, and Norms12. Punctuality: A Cultural Trait as Equilibrium13. Racial Conflict and Malignancy of IdentitySection IV: Economic Theory in Society and Polity14. Gender and Say: A Model of Household Behaviour with Endogenously-determined Balance of Power15. Unemployment and Wage Rigidity when Labour Supply is a Household Decision16. Women's Economic Roles and Child Survival: The Case of India17. Consumer Cognition and Pricing in the 9's in Oligopolistic Markets18. The Emergence of Isolation and Interlinkage in Rural Markets19. Relief Programmes: When May It be Better to Give Food Instead of Cash20. The International Debt Problem, Credit Rationing, and Loan Pushing21. Globalization and the Politics of international Finance: The Stiglitz VerdictIndex