From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics

From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics
Author: Ben Fine,Dimitris Milonakis
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2009-04-15
ISBN: 1134099371
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics Book Excerpt:

Is or has economics ever been the imperial social science? Could or should it ever be so? These are the central concerns of this book. It involves a critical reflection on the process of how economics became the way it is, in terms of a narrow and intolerant orthodoxy, that has, nonetheless, increasingly directed its attention to appropriating the subject matter of other social sciences through the process termed "economics imperialism". In other words, the book addresses the shifting boundaries between economics and the other social sciences as seen from the confines of the dismal science, with some reflection on the responses to the economic imperialists by other disciplines. Significantly, an old economics imperialism is identified of the "as if market" style most closely associated with Gary Becker, the public choice theory of Buchanan and Tullock and cliometrics. But this has given way to a more "revolutionary" form of economics imperialism associated with the information-theoretic economics of Akerlof and Stiglitz, and the new institutional economics of Coase, Wiliamson and North. Embracing one "new" field after another, economics imperialism reaches its most extreme version in the form of "freakonomics", the economic theory of everything on the basis of the most shallow principles. By way of contrast and as a guiding critical thread, a thorough review is offered of the appropriate principles underpinning political economy and its relationship to social science, and how these have been and continue to be deployed. The case is made for political economy with an interdisciplinary character, able to bridge the gap between economics and other social sciences, and draw upon and interrogate the nature of contemporary capitalism.

Quicklet on Freakonomics by Stephen D Levitt Stephan J Dubner

Quicklet on Freakonomics by Stephen D  Levitt   Stephan J  Dubner
Author: Jonathan Nathan
Publsiher: Hyperink Inc
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2011-11-09
ISBN: 1614641463
Category: Study Aids
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quicklet on Freakonomics by Stephen D Levitt Stephan J Dubner Book Excerpt:

Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. Freakonomics was written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Levitt is an economist who is known for making connections that other people do not see, while Dubner is a journalist for the New York Times. The book started as an article about Levitt that Dubner was writing for the New York Times in 2003. They wrote the book together as an attempt to bring economics to the masses, to show in an interesting and conversational way on how economics can prove that conventional wisdom is often wrong and how it can shed new light on confusing situations. The book was published in 2005 and has somewhat become controversial for its findings.

Education Under Siege

Education Under Siege
Author: Arthur Shapiro
Publsiher: R&L Education
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2013-10-21
ISBN: 1475803095
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Education Under Siege Book Excerpt:

This book analyzes each major reform--No Child Left Behind, Common Core State Standards, grading schools, evaluating teachers, failing students, vouchers, charters, online virtual charters-- and finds them seriously wanting. We conclude with reforms that work actually helping teachers, kids, parents and communities.

Library 2 0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries

Library 2 0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries
Author: Laura B. Cohen
Publsiher: Assoc of Cllge & Rsrch Libr
Total Pages: 167
Release: 2007
ISBN: 9780838984529
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Library 2 0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries Book Excerpt:

Economics Made Fun

Economics Made Fun
Author: N. Emrah Aydinonat,Jack J Vromen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2017-10-02
ISBN: 1317449487
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Economics Made Fun Book Excerpt:

Best-selling books such as Freakonomics and The Undercover Economist have paved the way for the flourishing economics-made-fun genre. While books like these present economics as a strong and explanatory science, the ongoing economic crisis has exposed the shortcomings of economics to the general public. In the face of this crisis, many people, including well-known economists such as Paul Krugman, have started to express their doubts about whether economics is a success as a science. As well as academic papers, newspaper columns with a large audience have discussed the failure of economic to predict and explain ongoing trends. The emerging picture is somewhat confusing: economics-made-fun books present economics as a method of thinking that can successfully explain everyday and "freaky" phenomena. On the other hand, however, economics seems to fail in addressing and explaining the most pressing matters related to the field of economics itself. This book explores the confusion created by this contradictory picture of economics. Could a science that cannot answer its own core questions really be used to explain the logic of everyday life? This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Economic Methodology.

The Shangri La Diet

The Shangri La Diet
Author: Seth Roberts
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2007-04-24
ISBN: 9780399533167
Category: Health & Fitness
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shangri La Diet Book Excerpt:

As seen in the New York Times and on Good Morning America-now updated by the author. Imagine a diet that's as easy as "a spoonful of sugar" (or extra-light olive oil) twice a day. A diet that actually reduces appetite and cravings. A diet that's based on a wealth of scientific findings but is simple enough for anyone to stick to. A diet with results that amaze almost everyone who tries it. Psychology professor Seth Roberts asks a simple question most weight-loss experts haven't thought to tackle: What makes people hungry? Based on a new understanding of how the human body regulates hunger, The Shangri-La Diet presents a strikingly simple and surprisingly effective way to lose weight-without giving up favorite foods. Simple and counterintuitive, this extraordinary new diet is changing the way the world thinks about weight loss-one success story at a time.

Power and Inequality in Interpersonal Relations

Power and Inequality in Interpersonal Relations
Author: Eric Beasley
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2017-09-08
ISBN: 1351497499
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Power and Inequality in Interpersonal Relations Book Excerpt:

This book explores interpersonal situations in which weak or vulnerable people find themselves and the ways in which others help create, sustain, and eradicate such social dynamics. Vladimir Shlapentokh and Eric Beasley demonstrate that people can gain power over each other and then abuse this power because of unequal resource conditions. The authors define resources as the means necessary for satisfaction or achievement of needs or goals, such as wealth, physical strength, intellectual capacity and information, sexual attractiveness, and status. This volume is different from existing social science books on inequality and vulnerability, which address relations between people of different social positions, races, genders, ages, and places of residence confronting each other in political, economic, and cultural battles. This book focuses on people who become the victims of those whom they know personally-relatives, colleagues, neighbors. The authors argue that unequal resource distribution among members of social units is the main cause of conflict and ultimately creates situations where members of a social unit can abuse other members of the same unit.

World Class

World Class
Author: Teru Clavel
Publsiher: Atria Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2019-08-20
ISBN: 1501192973
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

World Class Book Excerpt:

An eye-opening firsthand exploration of why Asian students are outpacing their American counterparts, and how to help our children excel in today’s competitive world. When Teru Clavel had young children, the oldest barely two, she watched as her friends and fellow parents vied to secure a spot in the right New York City preschools. Following a gut feeling that a truly world-class education involves more than the privilege and ennui of elite private schools, Teru and her family moved to Asia, embarking on a ten-year-long journey through the public schools of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. During this time, Teru discovered firsthand why students in China and Japan are far outpacing their American counterparts. In Hong Kong, her children’s school was nicknamed The Prison for its foreboding, austere facilities, yet her three-year-old loved his teachers and his nightly homework. In Shanghai, in a school without flush toilets, the students were kept late not out of punishment but to master the day’s lesson. In Tokyo, her children and their classmates were responsible for school chores, like preparing and serving school lunches—lunches that featured grilled fish, stewed vegetables, and miso soup, not hot dogs and french fries. These schools were low-tech and bare-bones, with teachers who demanded obedience and order. Yet Teru was shocked to discover that her children thrived in these foreign and academically competitive cultures; they learned to be independent, self-confident, and resilient, and, above all, they developed a deep and abiding love of learning. The true culture shock came when Teru returned to the States and found their top-rated California school woefully ill-prepared to challenge her children. Her kids were passing, but the schools were failing them. In this revelatory book, Teru shares what she learned during her decade in Asia, providing practical tips and takeaways to bring the best of Asia’s education and parenting philosophies into American homes and schools. Written with warmth and humor, World Class is an insightful guide to set your children on a path towards lifelong learning and success.

Freakonomics

Freakonomics
Author: Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2006-10-05
ISBN: 0141928735
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Freakonomics Book Excerpt:

Cult bestseller, new buzz word... Freakonomics is at the heart of everything we see and do and the subjects that bedevil us daily: from parenting to crime, sport to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. Asking provocative and profound questions about human motivation and contemporary living and reaching some astonishing conclusions, Freakonomics will make you see the familiar world through a completely original lens.

Criminology

Criminology
Author: Gennaro F. Vito,Jeffrey R. Maahs,Ronald M. Holmes
Publsiher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9780763730017
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Criminology Book Excerpt:

Across America, crime is a consistent public concern. The authors have produced a comprehensive work on major criminological theories, combining classical criminology with new topics, such as Internet crime and terrorism. The text also focuses on how criminology shapes public policy.

The Social Security Crisis of 2037

The Social Security Crisis of 2037
Author: James LePage
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 134
Release: 2015-12-12
ISBN: 1504934288
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Social Security Crisis of 2037 Book Excerpt:

The hope for this book is that it will help the millions of Americans counting on the Social Security System for financial support – now and in the future – understand why benefits paid by the System could either end or be significantly reduced after 2037. Trustees of the System say a 25 percent cut in benefits (or an increase in taxes) will be required by 2037 in order for the System to continue to operate. For the millions of Americans who currently depend on Social Security and the millions of young Americans who will depend on the System after 2037 a 25 percent cut in benefits could force millions into poverty. This book presents scientific evidence that the main cause of this crisis is the loss of millions of potential contributors to the System critical for the System’s ability to pay benefits because of a significant shift in the attitude toward and treatment of unborn children over the past 40 years. The book also explains how the root cause of the problem perhaps is a misunderstanding of how morality actually works when it comes to dealing with issues of life. Regardless of how one feels about the life of the unborn the fact is the loss of generations of potential contributors to the Social Security System is destroying the System millions of Americans depend on and will depend on to finance the basic needs of life. After 2037 a $1,000 monthly benefit will drop to $750 or a worker who now pays $300 per month to Social Security will pay $500 per month. As there are limits to benefit cuts and tax increases if the illogical moral thinking and the destruction of human lives continue at current rates the System eventually will be destroyed altogether and illogical moral thinking most likely would be the reason why.

Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy

Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy
Author: Gae Lyn Henderson,M. J. Braun
Publsiher: SIU Press
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2016-10-05
ISBN: 0809335069
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy Book Excerpt:

The study of propaganda's uses in modern democracy highlights important theoretical questions about normative rhetorical practices. Edited by Gae Lyn Henderson and M. J. Braun, Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy: History, Theory, Analysis advances our understanding of propaganda and rhetoric. Essays focus on historical figures, examining the development of the theory of propaganda during the rise of industrialism and the later changes of a mass-mediated society. Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy offers new perspectives on the history of propaganda, explores how it has evolved during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and advances a much more nuanced understanding of what it means to call discourse propaganda.

Shall We Wake the President

Shall We Wake the President
Author: Tevi Troy
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2016-09-01
ISBN: 1493024655
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shall We Wake the President Book Excerpt:

The history of presidential dealings with disasters shows that whatever their ideology, presidents need to be prepared to deal with unexpected crises. In recent years, the expectations have grown as the disasters seem to appear to be coming more frequently. Since 2001, numerous unpredictable crises, including terror attacks, massive storms, and an economic collapse, have shaken Americans to their core. It seems as if technology, for all of its beneficences, also provides mankind with increasingly powerful ways to wreak destruction, including nuclear explosions, bioterror attacks, and cyber-attacks. In addition, instantaneous and incessant communications technologies send us word of disasters taking place anywhere in the nation far more rapidly, giving disasters an immediacy that some may have lacked in the past. In 21st century America, the eyes of the American people look to the president to lead the response to whatever disasters happen to strike. President Obama and his team learned this and were taken aback by the sheer number of crises that a president needed to deal with, including swine flu, BP’s Macondo oil spill, and the Somali pirates who attacked an American ship. Many of these did not quite reach disaster status, but Obama’s reaction to the constant stream of crises was both revealing and unnerving: “Who thought we were going to have to deal with pirates?” In Shall We Wake the President?, Tevi Troy, a presidential historian and former senior White House aide and deputy secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services, looks at the evolving role of the president in dealing with disasters, and looks at how our presidents have handled disasters throughout our history. He also looks at the likelihood of similar disasters befalling modern America, and details how smart policies today can help us avoid future crises, or can best react to them should they occur. In addition, he provides information on what individuals can do to prepare for disasters. This book includes sections on how American presidents have dealt with a variety of disasters, including health crises, terror attacks, economic upheaval, bioterror and cyber-attacks, natural disasters, and civil breakdown. In doing so, Shall We Wake the President? will provide lessons from presidents of the past that will inform policy strategies for presidents of the future.

Brands and Branding

Brands and Branding
Author: Stephen Brown
Publsiher: SAGE
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2016-08-17
ISBN: 1473988047
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brands and Branding Book Excerpt:

Lecturers/Instructors - Request a free digital inspection copy here A fun and humorous introductory book, written in Stephen Brown's entertaining and highly distinctive style, that introduces curious readers to the key components of brands and helps them to begin to make sense of them - what they are, what they do, why and how - using plenty of examples and references drawn from a wide range brands such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Gucci, Nike, Nintendo, Starbucks, Swatch and The Worst Hotel in the World. With 3,000 branding books published each year, why would you (or your students) want to read Brands & Branding? Here are seven reasons why: It’s introductory, aimed at undergraduate students or postgrads without a bachelor degree in business and assumes nothing more than readers’ awareness of high profile brands such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Chanel It’s indicative, focusing on the basics and thus being a more reliable revision aid than Lucozade It’s immersive, taking readers on a journey and, working on the assumption that they have smartphones or tablet computers to hand, the print text links to images, articles and academic publications to give emphasis and context where appropriate. It’s inclusive, considering articles and reports but also blogs, novels, newspapers, reviews, social media and other sources It’s irreverent – branding is not always a deadly serious business! It’s intimate, Stephen speaks to you directly and together you will pick your way through the sometimes weird and unfailingly wonderful world of brands and branding using examples rather than abstract ideas to illustrate points. It’s inspirational, celebrating the curious and successful stories of brands from Cillit Bang to Cacharel Suitable for first and second year marketing or advertising students, and for those new to or interested in branding and who are keen to know more.

Faithonomics

Faithonomics
Author: Torkel Brekke
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2016-10-15
ISBN: 0190694750
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faithonomics Book Excerpt:

Faithonomics uses economic theory to provide a new and unorthodox view of religion in today's world. Drawing on state-of-the-art research and on case studies from around the globe, this book shows that religion should be analysed as a market similar to markets for other goods and services, like bottled water or haircuts. Faithonomics is about today's religious markets, but in sweeping detours through the histories of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, Brekke shows us the religious markets of the past, although these were sometimes heavily regulated by states. He argues that government 'control' over religious markets is often the cause of unforeseen and negative consequences. Many of today's problems related to religion, like religious terrorism or rent-seeking by religious political parties, are easier to understand if we think like economists. Religious markets work best when they are relatively free. Religious organizations should be free to sell their products without unnecessary restrictions, but we have no good reason to grant them privileges in the form of subsidies or tax-breaks.

Post Traditional Public Administration Theory

Post Traditional Public Administration Theory
Author: David John Farmer
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2021-03-22
ISBN: 1000367673
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Traditional Public Administration Theory Book Excerpt:

This book describes what is argued to be the most effective way of doing public administration thinking. Its aim is to encourage governments to govern fundamentally better in terms of policy and administration. A better understanding of context and identities, imaginization, epistemic pluralism, anti-administration, and the context of economics are examples of what is critical for high effectiveness. The pieces included in this book have been handpicked from the vast academic collection that David Farmer has authored over the last thirty years and which were published in the Journal of Administrative Theory and Praxis and the Journal of Public Administration Education. Collectively, these chapters are intended to help governments use post-traditional public administration theory in order to achieve better praxis.

Carrots and Sticks

Carrots and Sticks
Author: Ian Ayres
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2010-09-21
ISBN: 0553907824
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Carrots and Sticks Book Excerpt:

Could you lose weight if you put $20,000 at risk? Would you finally set up your billing software if it meant that your favorite charity would earn a new contribution? If you’ve ever tried to meet a goal and came up short, the problem may not have been that the goal was too difficult or that you lacked the discipline to succeed. From giving up cigarettes to increasing your productivity at work, you may simply have neglected to give yourself the proper incentives. In Carrot and Sticks, Ian Ayres, the New York Times bestselling author of Super Crunchers, applies the lessons learned from behavioral economics—the fascinating new science of rewards and punishments—to introduce readers to the concept of “commitment contracts”: an easy but high-powered strategy for setting and achieving goals already in use by successful companies and individuals across America. As co-founder of the website stickK.com (where people have entered into their own “commitment contracts” and collectively put more than $3 million on the line), Ayres has developed contracts—including the one he honored with himself to lose more than twenty pounds in one year—that have already helped many find the best way to help themselves at work or home. Now he reveals the strategies that can give you the impetus to meet your personal and professional goals, including how to • motivate your employees • create a monthly budget • set and meet deadlines • improve your diet • learn a foreign language • finish a report or project you’ve been putting off • clear your desk Ayres shares engaging, often astounding, real-life stories that show the carrot-and-stick principle in action, from the compulsive sneezer who needed a “stick” (the potential loss of $50 per week to a charity he didn’t like) to those who need a carrot with their stick (the New York Times columnist who quit smoking by pledging a friend $5,000 per smoke . . . if she would do the same for him). You’ll learn why you might want to hire a “professional nagger” whom you’ll do anything to avoid—no, your spouse won’t do!—and how you can “hand-tie” your future self to accomplish what you want done now. You’ll find out how a New Zealand ad exec successfully “sold his smoking addiction,” and why Zappos offered new employees $2,000 to quit cigarettes. As fascinating as it is practical, as much about human behavior as about how to change it, Carrots and Sticks is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

How To Be Insightful

How To Be Insightful
Author: Sam Knowles
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2020-05-05
ISBN: 1000048829
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How To Be Insightful Book Excerpt:

How do we advance? As individuals, families, and businesses? As societies, nations, and a species? In a world where it’s said there is nothing new under the sun, we humans are remarkably resourceful at creating new things. The key to innovation is understanding, but not just by using facts, data, and casual observations. Progress demands the profound and useful understanding of a person or a thing, a situation or an issue. And profound and useful understanding that truly effects change is that most elusive of phenomena: insight. How To Be Insightful provides a novel and deeply practical framework that anyone can use to generate more powerful and impactful insights from the increasing volumes of data we all face every day, whatever we do. The framework – the STEP Prism of Insight – has been developed through decades of both practice and training, and the book includes many exercises designed to help strengthen and develop readers’ insight muscles. The book explains the history, psychology, and neuroscience of insight and includes snapshots of insight from international experts in many different fields – psychology and neuroscience, music and acting, forensic science and market research.

When to Rob a Bank

When to Rob a Bank
Author: Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2015-05-05
ISBN: 0141980974
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When to Rob a Bank Book Excerpt:

Why don't flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken? Over the past decade, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Freakonomics.com. Now the very best of this writing has been carefully curated into one volume, the perfect solution for the millions of readers who love all things Freakonomics. Discover why taller people tend to make more money; why it's so hard to predict the Kentucky Derby winner; and why it might be time for a sex tax (if not a fat tax). You'll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner's own quirks and passions. Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty, Freaks and Friends demonstrates the brilliance that has made their books an international sensation.

Think Like a Freak

Think Like a Freak
Author: Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-05-13
ISBN: 1846147565
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Think Like a Freak Book Excerpt:

From the rule-breaking authors of international bestsellers Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, this is the ultimate guide to how to Think Like a Freak The Freakonomics books have come to stand for something: challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions; and learning to unravel the world's secret codes. Now Levitt and Dubner have gathered up what they have learned and turned it into a readable and practical toolkit for thinking differently - thinking, that is, like a Freak. Whether you are interested in the best way to improve your odds in penalty kicks, or in major global reforms, here is a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. Along the way, you'll learn how the techniques of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion can help you, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they're from Nigeria, and why Van Halen's demanding tour contract banning brown M&Ms was really a safety measure. You'll learn why sometimes it's best to put away your moral compass, and smarter to think like a child. You will be given a master class in incentives-because for better or worse, incentives rule our world. And you will learn to quit before you fail, because you can't solve tomorrow's problem if you aren't willing to abandon today's dud. Levitt and Dubner see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing - and so much fun to read.