Economics as a Science of Human Behaviour

Towards a New Social Science Paradigm, Extended Second Edition

  • Bruno S. Frey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Human Behaviour

  3. Applications to Various Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. Felix Oberholzer-Gee
      Pages 23-48
    3. Hannelore Weck-Hannemann
      Pages 49-69
    4. Werner W. Pommerehne
      Pages 71-83
    5. Barbara Krug
      Pages 85-98
    6. Heinz Buhofer
      Pages 109-131
  4. Extensions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-144
    2. Bruno S. Frey
      Pages 159-175
    3. Beat Heggli
      Pages 195-211
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-249

About this book


This book champions the view that economics is a social science, and that, moreover, it may serve as a new paradigm for the social sciences. Economics is taken to be part of those sciences which deal with actual problems of society by providing insights, improving our understanding and suggesting solutions. I am aware that the way problems are addressed here has little in common with economics as it is generally understood today; most economists make strong efforts to imitate the exact sciences. Economics tends to become a branch of applied mathematics; the majority of all publications in professional journals and books are full of axioms, lemmas and proofs, and they are much concerned with purely formal deductions. Often, when the results are translated into verbal language, or when they are applied empirically, disappointingly little of interest remains. The book wants to show that another type of economics exists which is surprisingly little known. This type of economics has its own particular point of view. It centres on a concept of man, or a model of human behaviour, which differs from those normally used in other social sciences such as sociology, political science, law, or psychology. I do not, however, claim that economics is the only legitimate social science. On the contrary, economics can provide useful insights only in collaboration with the other social Vll Vlll PREFACE sciences-an aspect which has been disregarded by mathematically oriented economics.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Bruno S. Frey
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers Boston 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-8471-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5187-4
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