Cognition, Rationality, and Institutions

  • Manfred E. Streit
  • Uwe Mummert
  • Daniel Kiwit
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Cognition, Rationality, and Institutions — Introduction and Overview

    1. Daniel Kiwit, Uwe Mummert, Manfred E. Streit
      Pages 1-7
  3. Institutions and Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Piet de Vries, Daniel Kiwit
      Pages 27-37
    3. Brian Loasby, Uwe Mummert
      Pages 55-64
    4. Thomas Brenner
      Pages 87-94
  4. Cognition and Rationality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Bruno S. Frey, Iris Bohnet
      Pages 97-110
    3. Heiko Geue, Andreas Ortmann
      Pages 111-127
    4. Andreas Ortmann, Gerd Gigerenzer
      Pages 131-145
    5. Markus Pasche, Birger P. Priddat
      Pages 147-159
    6. Gernot Handlbauer
      Pages 161-180
    7. Renate Mayntz
      Pages 181-186
  5. Rationality and Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Bruce Chapman
      Pages 189-204
    3. Thomas S. Ulen
      Pages 205-212
    4. László Csontos
      Pages 233-237
    5. Horst Hegmann, Thráinn Eggertsson
      Pages 255-265
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-268

About these proceedings


Institutions are rules that are supported by various enforcement mechanisms. Cognition refers to the process of how men perceive and process information, whereas rationality refers to how these processes are modelled. Within institutional economics there is a growing scepticism towards extending the conventional economic frame of analysis to institutions. In particular, the notion of perfect rationality is increasingly questioned. At the same time human cognition has become a major field of research in psychology. This book explores what institutional economics can learn from cognitive psychology regarding the proper modelling of rationality in order to explain institutional change.


Cognitive Psychology Design Institution Institutional Change Institutionen Institutionenwandel Internet Rationality Rationalität evolution institutional economics institutions interaction kognitive Psychologie modeling

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred E. Streit
    • 1
  • Uwe Mummert
    • 1
  • Daniel Kiwit
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institute for Research into Economic SystemsJenaGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64124-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59783-1
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