Strategies of Commitment and Other Essays

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In recent decades a few ambitious and imaginative economists have tried to break the surly bonds of statistics and produce ideas all of us can understand and maybe use. Among these noble warriors against the evils of obscurantism, Thomas C. Schelling has established himself as the champion...Schelling's new book, "Strategies of Commitment and Other Essays", takes us on a readable tour through the concerns of a major academic career.--Robert Fulford"National Post" (03/11/2006)

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All of the essays in this new collection by Thomas Schelling convey his unique perspective on individuals and society, whether discussing smoking and other addictions, global warming, segregation, or nuclear war. Schelling - a 2005 Nobel Prize winner - has been one of the four or five most important social scientists of the past fifty years, and this collection shows why.

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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge, MA:. Harvard University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Dustjacket. 360 pp.- All of the essays in this new collection by Thomas Schelling convey his unique perspective on individuals and society. This perspective has several characteristics: it is strategic in that it assumes that an important part of people's behavior is motivated by the thought of influencing other people's expectations; it views the mind as being separable into two or more parts (rational/irrational; present-minded/future-minded); it is motivated by policy concerns--smoking and other addictions, global warming, segregation, nuclear war; and while it accepts many of the basic assumptions of economics--that people are forward-looking, rational decision makers, that resources are scarce, and that incentives are important--it is open to modifying them when appropriate, and open to the findings and insights of other social science disciplines. English text. Condition : as new. Condition : as new. ISBN 9780674019294[KEYWORDS: SOCIAL SCIENCES. Artikel-Nr. 263580

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