Description - From Economic Man to Economic System by Harold Demsetz
The essays in this book discuss human behavior and the institutions of capitalism. The essays are non-technical and are written so as to be accessible to students of all disciplines and to all other persons interested in capitalism and in economic behavior. They often present unconventional views of the topics they discuss. Those containing unconventional views discuss self-interested behavior, selfish gene theory, the meaning and social function of private ownership, the externality problem, the nature of the firm and the rise of capitalism. The essays are not meant to be a textbook, but they offer a useful supplementary reading source for courses in business, economics and law that deal with human behavior in the marketplace and with capitalism, ownership, markets and firms.
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Author Biography - Harold Demsetz
Harold Demsetz is Arthur Anderson UCLA Alumni Emeritus Professor of Business Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has taught since 1971 and where he directed UCLA's business economics program. He earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1959. Counted among the world's 100 most eminent economists in Mark Blaug's book Great Economists Since Keynes, Professor Demsetz also holds honorary doctorates from Northwestern University and Francisco Marraquin University. His published work was recently ranked as among the top ten most frequently cited body of works by an economist. Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Economics, among other directories, include his biography. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Past President of the Western Economics Association International, Professor Demsetz has also served as Director of the Mont Pelerin Society and of the International Society for New Institutional Economics. He has been a senior editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review, a founding member of the American Society of Law and Economics, and a member of the advisory boards of the International Journal of Economics and Business and the Journal of Corporate Finance. Professor Demsetz's research is focused on property rights, the business firm, and problems in monopoly, competition, and antitrust. He is the author of numerous professional articles, four books, and three published monographs of honorary lectures. His most recent book, The Economics of the Business Firm: Seven Critical Commentaries (Cambridge University Press, 1995), has been translated into Chinese, French, and Spanish.