How do economists understand and measure normal social phenomena?
Identifying economic strains in activities such as learning, group formation, discrimination, and peer dynamics requires sophisticated data and tools as well as a grasp of prior scholarship. In this volume leading economists provide an authoritative summary of social choice economics, from norms and conventions to the exchange of discrete resources. Including both theoretical and empirical perspectives, their work provides the basis for models that can offer new insights in applied economic analyses.
- Reviews the recent approaches that enable economists to separate influences of culture from those caused by economic and institutional environments
- Explores the recent willingness among economists to consider new arguments in the utility function
- Presumes that these investigations can eventually be translated into policies
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- Identification of Social Interactions (Lawrence E. Blume, William A. Brock, Steven N. Durlauf, and Yannis M. Ioannides)- Econometric Methods for the Analysis of Assignmet Problems in the Presence of Complementarity and Social Spillovers (Bryan S. Graham)- Peer Effects in Education: A Survey of the Theory and Evidence (Dennis Epple and Richard E. Romano)- The Importance of Segregaion, Discrimination, Peer Dynamics, and Identity in Explaining Trends in the Racial Achievement Gap (Roland G. Fryer, Jr.)- Labor Markets and Referrals (Giorgio Topa)- Labor and Credit Networks in Developing Economies (Kaivan Munshi)- Risk Sharing Between Households (Marcel Fafchamps)- Neighborhood Effects and Housing (Yannis M. Ioannides)
Alberto Bisin is Professor of Economics at New York University and an elected fellow of the Econometric Society. He is also fellow of the NBER, the CEPR, and CESS at NYU, CIREQ. He has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory, of Economic Theory, and of Research in Economics. He is founding editor of noiseFromAmerika.org and contributes op-eds for the italian newspaper La Repubblica. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, obtained in 1994. His main contributions are in the fields of Social Economics, Financial Economics, and Behavioral Economics.
Jackson, Matthew O.