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Is Homo Economicus Dead?

by Peter Fleming* In Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street the narcissistic, egotistical and money hungry investment banker Jordan Belford memorably summed up his attitude to life: “Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Human Capital

“Our employees are our greatest asset. I say we sell them”, by William Haefeli *** Join Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr

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The Closing of the Mind

“What is advertised as a great opening is a great closing.” Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind (1987), p. 34 “Landscape with Figures” by George Tooker (1992) *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Reddit / Tumblr

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The alienated consciousness, dehumanized human nature and capitalism

Norman O. Brown, a brilliant American scholar and social philosopher: “The alienated consciousness is correlative with a money economy. Its root is the compulsion to work. This compulsion to work subordinates man to things, producing at the same time confusion in the valuation of … Continue reading

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Sociologists are here to stay! We won’t be defeated by computers! :-)

According to the study on computerization of work, the likelihood of Sociologists to be replaced by machines is only 0.059 (Hooray!), for Economists that is 0.43, Computer Programmers 0.48, Stock Clerks / Building Inspectors is 0.64, Property/Real Estate Managers is … Continue reading

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The Economics of Workaholism: We Should Not Have Worked on This Paper

 I think the title of this (open access) paper tells its story pretty good. I hope you’ll find time to squeeze it in  😉A large literature examines the addictive properties of such behaviors as smoking, drinking alcohol and eating. Daniel Hamermesh … Continue reading

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Against Capitalism – Gerald Allan Cohen

In this short talk, a political philosopher Gerald “Jerry” Cohen offers a eloquent critique of capitalism. His critique revolves around common defenses. He suggests that even the existence of people who have earned their riches legitimately and through their own … Continue reading

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Identity Economics: Economists discover norms and social values

George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton’s Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being provides an important and compelling way to understand human behavior, revealing how our identities–and not just economic incentives–influence our decisions. In 1995, economist Rachel Kranton … Continue reading

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