A Better Way?

March 14, 1986

As neo-classical economic theories face severe criticism for their unreality, new approaches are emerging.

Duty: The Forgotten Virtue

March 09, 1986

Air accidents can be viewed as random tests of the extent to which those responsible for keeping airplanes flying are doing their duty.

Growing Up In a World of Hard Choices

March 01, 1986

An old Chinese proverb - or is it a curse? - reads "May you live in interesting times"

The Case for a Multiple Utility Conception

January 01, 1986

In recent decades, neoclassical economists have made heroic efforts to accommodate within the confines of the concept of rational utility maximization the fact that individual behavior is significantly affected by moral considerations.

Socio-Economics: A Proposal for a New Inter-Disciplinary Field

January 01, 1986

Psychologists (working with sociologists and political scientists) seem ready to go beyond piece meal studies of economic behavior, or studies of economic behavior as merely incidents of general psychological theorems.

Mixed Scanning Revisited

January 01, 1986

An article on mixed scanning as a "third" approach to decision making, published in Public Administration Review, generated a steady stream of discussion, but little empirical research.

America is Unsecured

December 11, 1985

After 25 years of living in the United states (as an immigrant from Israel, often considered an Italian), I still cannot get used to the loose security of my adopted country. Married to a Hispanic, I often run into citizens of Mexico and El Salvador who walked into the country across the Rio Grande. On campus, I teach students from Iran and assorted Palestinians who simply stayed in the United States after their visas expired.

Shady Corporate Practices

November 15, 1985

Do recent reports of check-kiting (E.F. Hutton), overcharging on defense contracts (General Dynamics), failing to inform authorities of deaths to patients who took Oraflex (Eli Lilly) and employee deaths from cyanide poisoning (Film Recovery Systems) involve only a few rotten apples, or is the corporate core corrupt?

Opening the Preferences: A Socio-Economic Research Agenda

November 01, 1985

Economists tend to view preferences as given, either a subject to be studied by other disciplines or as constant and universal, and hence as not requiring study.

Socio-Economics: A New Department?

November 01, 1985

At infrequent but important junctures in the history of the academic division of labor, scholars seek recognition for new disciplines.  

America as Number One

July 07, 1985

“America as Number One,” Washington Post Book World, July 7, 1985. (Ezra Vogel, Comeback, Case by Case: Building the Resurgence of American Business.)

The Banality of Altruism

July 01, 1985

“The Banality of Altruism,” The World and I (July 1988 ed.),pp. 388-392. (Samuel and Pearl Oliner, The Altruistic Personality.)

On Solving Social Problems–Inducements or Coercion?

July 01, 1985

The difference between policies based on coercion and incentives is smaller than might first appear. Both schemes lie on a continuum, ranging between the free market and legal force.

Rationality Is Anti-Entropic

June 03, 1985

The article explores the fruitfulness of assuming all economic behavior to be non-rational unless special factors intervene to make it rational.

The Political Economy of Economic Imperfection

May 01, 1985

Economic actors also have political power.