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Economic man vs. heterodox men: The concepts of human nature in schools of economic thought [статья]
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002John F. Tomer Journal of Socio-Economics. 2001. Vol. 30. No. 4. P. 281-293.
Economic man, the man who acts on pure economic motives alone, is the concept of man at the heart of mainstream economics. Heterodox economists, while acknowledging that economic man has served usefully for some purposes, know in different ways that economic man is, because it leaves out too much of human nature, a deficient concept of man. They are uncomfortable at best with the idea of characterizing humans in such a reductionist way. This paper proposes to use the comprehensive view of human nature developed by Ken Wilber to point to the specific deficiencies of economic man. With Wilber's model of human development as the backdrop, it is possible to map the different schools of thought with respect to each other, showing how each of their overlapping conceptions of man include some important elements missing in economic man but fail to include other elements.
A focus group study of the motivation to invest: 'Ethical/green' and 'ordinary' investors compared [статья]
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Alan Lewis Journal of Socio-Economics. 2001. Vol. 30. No. 4. P. 331-341.
Forty-five ordinary investors, in 7 focus groups, and 49 ethical/green investors in a further 7 focus groups discussed their various motivations for investing. Interpretations of the results were produced with the aid of NUDIST software and repeated readings of the transcriptions. Neither ordinary nor especially ethical investors were keen to attribute solely economic motives to themselves revealing instead their need to provide for future selves and to bequeath. Ethical/green investors primarily mentioned avoiding companies who manufacture munitions, are exploitative, and who pollute. Many participants, especially the ethicals, felt an unease about contemporary capitalism and current UK government policy, suggesting that ethical investing had become a necessity because of government failure and that it could change the commercial world for the better although the process was admittedly a slow one. This paper aims to enrich the notion of rational economic man.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Rebeca Raijman Journal of Socio-Economics. 2001. Vol. 30. No. 5. P. 393-410.
This paper focuses on Mexican immigrants who are considering to start a business but do not so for various reasons. It queries the individuals at the very preliminary stages of the process when they are contemplating the alternatives, so it is well suited to learn about the determinants of business ownership. The findings demonstrate the potential value of personality measures for predicting who will want to start a business. The results underscore that having close family members in business exposes individuals to role models and sources of financial and nonfinancial help that might put business ownership within reach of people with modest resources. Economic resources in the household, in the form of financial investments, also affect the wish to start a business because they furnish available capital for the start-up.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Morris Altman Journal of Socio-Economics. 2001. Vol. 30. No. 5. P. 379-391.
In this paper cultural factors are incorporated into a behavioral model of economic growth and development and the circumstances under which culture can make a difference are articulated. In this context, the question of the long run survival, in a competitive environment, of firms and societies imbued with cultural precepts that are not conducive to growth and development, is addressed. This discussion attempts to redress a gap in economic theory, which does not well incorporate cultural factors as independent and causally substantive variables.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Haizhou Huang, Chenggang Xu American Economic Review. 1999. Vol. 89. No. 2. P. 438-443.
The fundamental importance of economic institutions for economic growth through their impact on technological change has long been argued by Joseph Schumpter and others. Recent empirical studies have reconfirmed such arguments. Robert Barro (1997) finds that economic and political institutions are the most important factors in explaining differences in growth across economies. New growth theory has made major breakthroughs in endogenizing technological changes. However, although some insightful and inspiring discussions of institutional impacts of innovation are provided, there is little attempt in these models to explain what, aside from capital, labor inputs, and knowledge accumulation, determines innovation. An attempt is made to fill the gap in literature by examining how financial institutions affect technological innovation and thus affect growth.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Harriet Orcott Duleep, Mark C. Regets American Economic Review. 1999. Vol. 89. No. 2. P. 186-191.
The following question is approached theoretically and empirically: Why do immigrants invest more in human capital than the native-born, and how do investment patterns vary by type of immigrant? It is found that greater immigrant human capital investment is due to the lower opportunity costs of investment by immigrants lacking US-specific skills and the role of untransferred human capital as a factor of production for destination-country skills, as well as the higher return to investment spending from the complementarity of foreign and US human capital. This theoretical insight is supported by direct evidence of human capital investment and by empirical analyses.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Donna K. Ginther, Kathy J. Hayes American Economic Review. 1999. Vol. 89. No. 2. P. 397-402.
In their annual review of academic salaries, the American Association of University Professors observes large gender-related salary differentials. At doctoral-level institutions, male professors at the rank of full professor earn 11.4% more than women full professors. Data on academic labor markets from the Survey of Doctorate Recipients to evaluate gender differences in salaries and promotion probabilities. Differences in employment outcomes by gender are found using two methods: the Oaxaca decomposition is used to examine salary differentials, and duration analysis is used to estimate promotion to tenure. While gender salary differences can largely be explained by academic rank, substantial gender differences in promotion to tenure exist after controlling for productivity, demographic characteristics, and primary work activity.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Rachel Croson, Nancy Buchan American Economic Review. 1999. Vol. 89. No. 2. P. 386-39.
Gender is rarely included as a factor in economic models. However, recent work in experimental economics, as well as in psychology and political science, suggests that gender is an important determinant of economic and strategic behavior. Gender differences in bargaining are examined using the trust game introduced by Joyce Berg et al. (1995). In this two-person game, the proposer is given a choice of sending some, all, or none of his or her $10 experimental payment to an anonymous partner, the responder. For US subjects, Berg et al. found that 30 of 32 proposers deviated from economic equilibrium and sent some money to their partners. In sending money, proposers are trusting that their partners will return some money to them. In addition, 24 out of 32 of responders who received money returned some. Gender differences in this game are discussed.
The possibility of social choice [статья]
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Amartya Sen American Economic Review. 1999. Vol. 89. No. 3. P. 349-378.
The subject of social choice includes within its capacious frame various problems with the common feature of relating social judgments and group decisions to the views and interests of the individuals who make up the society or the group. Some challenges and foundational problems faced by social choice theory as a discipline are discussed. Social choice theory is a subject in which formal and mathematical techniques have been very extensively used. Voting-based procedures are entirely natural for some kinds of social choice problems, such as elections, referendums, or committee decisions. They are, however, altogether unsuitable for many other problems of social choice. Impossibility results in social choice theory - led by the pioneering work of Arrow (1951) - have often been interpreted as being thoroughly destructive of the possibility of reasoned and democratic social choice, including welfare economics. That view is argued against.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Jonathan A. Parker American Economic Review. 1999. Vol. 89. No. 4. P. 959-973.
The key implication of rational expectations and the basic life-cycle/permanent-income hypothesis: that predictable changes in income have no effect on the growth rate of consumption expenditures, is examined. This implication is important for understanding the effectiveness and optimal timing of fiscal policy, the causes and propagation of business cycles, and the effects of income fluctuations on the growth rate of the economy. Using household-level consumption data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey, whether expenditures on nondurable goods increase contemporaneously with predictable changes in Social Security tax withholding is tested. It is found that households do change their consumption expenditures in response to the predictable fluctuations in income induced by the Social Security tax system.
Rents, competition, and corruption [статья]
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Alberto Ades, Rafael Di Tella American Economic Review. 1999. Vol. 89. No. 4. P. 982-993.
Theoretically the effect of competition on corruption is ambiguous. Less competition means firms enjoy higher rents, so that bureaucrats with control rights over them, such as tax inspectors or regulators, have higher incentives to engage in malfeasant behavior. Examples of a positive connection between rents and corruption abound, however. The hypothesis that natural rents, as in the case of oil, and rents induced by lack of product market competition foster corruption, is examined. A model is set up connecting rents to corruption.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002John Duffy American Economic Review. 1999. Vol. 89. No. 4. P. 847-877.
Findings are reported from an experiment that implements a search-theoretic model of money as a medium of exchange. The question is whether subjects learn to adopt the same commodities as media of exchange that the model predicts will be used in equilibrium. It is reported that subjects have a strong tendency to play fundamental rather than speculative strategies even in environments where speculative strategies yield higher payoffs. Some possible motivations for subjects' behavior are examined, and it is concluded that subjects are mainly motivated by past payoff experience as opposed to the marketability considerations that the theory emphasizes.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Gordon B. Dahl, Michael R. Ransom American Economic Review. 1999. Vol. 89. No. 4. P. 703-727.
Economists and psychologists argue that individuals skew personal beliefs to accord with their own interests. To test for this presence of self-serving beliefs, 1,200 members of the Mormon Church were surveyed about tithing. A tithe is a voluntary contribution equal to 10% of income. Since respondents must decide privately what income items to tithe, how the income definition depends on an individual's religious and financial incentives was observed. Surprisingly little evidence was found that an individual's financial situation influences beliefs about what counts as income for the tithe. However, ambiguity increases the role for self-serving biases.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Padma Desai American Economic Review. 2000. Vol. 90. No. 2. P. 48-52.
The factors that led to the collapse of the ruble are analyzed. It is argued that it resulted from exogenous factors (closely related to the unanticipated Asian financial crisis) interacting with inherited weaknesses in fundamentals (of fiscal policy) that made the Russian economy, while progressively being brought to macroeconomic stability, nonetheless vulnerable to a large external shock. It is contended that, instead of the policy mistake of August 1998 requiring a default of domestic debt and moratorium on payment of foreign commercial debt, a decision by Russian authorities to offer temporary exchange controls, sanctioned by the IMF and the U.S. Treasury as an emergency measure, would have been a better alternative, obviating the de facto partial and unilateral resort to controls that the moratorium and default implied.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002William Darity American Economic Review. 2000. Vol. 90. No. 2. P. 308-311.
International racial and ethnic economic inequality is examined. The international record shows disparity across nations and regions, between racial and ethnic groups within countries, and within groups in the same country. Subalternate racial and ethnic populations, whether in the majority or minority, suffer remarkably similar economic outcomes across the globe. Institutional racism and cultural discrimination affect subcultures and different classes in multiple ways. In every country, those who get the short stick continue to face poor prospects for economic inclusion and justice.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Dani Rodrik American Economic Review. 2000. Vol. 90. No. 2. P. 140-144.
Few would doubt the proposition that political institutions matter for economic development. Yet robust generalizations and systematic evidence on how exactly they do so are lacking. In this paper, attention is drawn to regularity in the cross-national data that has received little attention to date: participatory political regimes are associated with significantly lower levels of aggregate economic instability. After presenting some of the evidence, it is speculated that the reason has to do with the propensity of democracy to moderate social conflict and induce compromise. Three distinct arguments as to why this may be the case are presented.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Wei-Yin Hu American Economic Review. 2000. Vol. 90. No. 2. P. 368-372.
Analysis of longitudinal data for immigrants presents a more pessimistic portrait of immigrants' economic success. First, the rate of growth of immigrant earnings was overstated in census-based studies. Second, the worsening of immigrant earnings for more recent arrival cohorts is deeper than previously suggested. Against these two negative findings, one must keep in mind an important caveat. The steeper cohort decline in earnings may be a sign of greater human-capital investment by more recent immigrants. Longitudinal data suggest a strong degree of earnings convergence: immigrants who start at lower earnings quickly make up a large part of the deficit relative to their immigrant counterparts.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Finis Welch American Economic Review. 2000. Vol. 90. No. 2. P. 444-449.
Although increased wage inequality among men during the past three decades has received more attention, the growth in women's wages has been equally remarkable. In fact, by one measure of inequality, the ninth-decile/median ratio, the proportional growth in inequality has moved in exact proportion with the female/male wage ratio. It is suggested that both result from expansion in the value of brains relative to brawn. There is no way of knowing the full story of growth in women's relative wages, and it is important not to dismiss the import of changing career patterns. As is evident in the panel data, increasing labor market participation must be important. So, too, are the implications that follow the movement of women from the home to the job.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002George Loewenstein American Economic Review. 2000. Vol. 90. No. 2. P. 426-432.
Economists have not explicitly denied the existence and significance of visceral factors but have traditionally left them out of their analyses, whether because their influence is perceived as transient and hence unimportant, or because they are seen as too unpredictable and complex to be amenable to formal modeling. An attempt is made to show that both of these assumptions are false. Visceral factors have important, but often underappreciated, consequences for behavior. Moreover, both the determinants of visceral factors and their impact on behavior are not only systematic, but amenable to formal modeling.
Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002Lois Joy American Economic Review. 2000. Vol. 90. No. 2. P. 471-475.
Do gender differences in college majors and qualifications account for gender differences in labor market outcomes? For the overwhelming majority of men and women, The Baccalauarate and Beyond Longitudinal Study data suggest that the answer is no. Within the majority of majors and occupations, men earn more than women in first jobs. The exception to this is for science and humanities majors, were men do not obtain a wage advantage over women. However, even within the sciences, women are more than twice as likely as men to end up in clerical first jobs, which are considered by students to be among the least satisfactory jobs.