Choice and Consequence

ISBN-10: 0674127714
ISBN-13: 9780674127715
Edition: 1984
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Book details

List price: $34.50
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/15/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Thomas Schelling is a political economist "conspicuous for wandering" an errant economist. In Choice and Consequence, he ventures into the area where rationality is ambiguous in order to look at the tricks people use to try to quit smoking or lose weight. He explores topics as awesome as nuclear terrorism, as sordid as blackmail, as ineffable as daydreaming, as intimidating as euthanasia. He examines ethical issues wrapped up in economics, unwrapping the economics to disclose ethical issues that are misplaced or misidentified. With an ingenious, often startling approach Schelling brings new perspectives to problems ranging from drug abuse, abortion, and the value people put on their lives to organized crime, airplane hijacking, and automobile safety. One chapter is a clear and elegant exposition of game theory as a framework for analyzing social problems. Another plays with the hypothesis that our minds are not only our problem-solving equipment but also the organ in which much of our consumption takes place. What binds together the different subjects is the author's belief in the possibility of simultaneously being humane and analytical, of dealing with both the momentous and the familiar. Choice and Consequence was written for the curious, the puzzled, the worried, and all those who appreciate intellectual adventure.

Thomas C. Schelling is Distinguished University Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, Harvard University. He is co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics.

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Economics and Criminal Enterprise
What Is the Business of Organized Crime?
Strategic Analysis and Social Problems
What Is Game Theory?
A Framework for the Evaluation of Arms Proposals
The Strategy of Inflicting Costs
Who Will Have the Bomb?
Thinking about Nuclear Terrorism
The Mind as a Consuming Organ
Notes
Sources
Index

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