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Description - Social Dynamics by Steven N. Durlauf

Economists have traditionally studied aggregate behaviour as the outcome of individual decisions made interactively, while sociologists have focused on the role of social influences on individual behaviour. Over the past decade, however, the barriers between the disciplines have broken down, resulting in the new area of social economics. Social economics is based on the assumption that individuals are directly influenced by the choices and characteristics of others, creating a feedback loop from the past choices of some people to the current social context and hence future choices of others. The essays in this book, by some of the creators of the field, provide an overview of social economics and represent a variety of approaches, including theoretical model building, empirical studies, statistical analyses and philosophical reflections.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262541763
ISBN-10: 0262541769
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Steven N. Durlauf

Steven N. Durlauf is Kenneth J. Arrow Professor Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin and former Director of the Economics Program of the Sante Fe Institute.

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