- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised ed. edition (March 26, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195073479
- ISBN-13: 978-0195073478
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Joyless Economy: The Psychology of Human Satisfaction Revised ed. Edition
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From the Back Cover
His first four chapters present what remains one of the most artful and accessible summaries of what psychologists know about human motivation. Economists will learn that the concept of utility in economic models corresponds to the psychologist's notion of comfort; and they will see substantial evidence against the idea that people are comfort maximizers.
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By showing that economics is based on culture, the whole concept of economics as a value free science gets undermined.
And, the book is readable for the non professional.