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The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H. Frank

Published By: Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 978-0-691-15319-3
Date of Publication: 2011


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Reviewed by: Ted Bergstrom of University of California, Santa Barbara
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.3.791.r2
Review Pages: 792-95

Book Review Abstract

Ted Bergstrom of University of California, Santa Barbara reviews "The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good" by Robert H. Frank. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins: Explores the importance of Charles Darwin's theories on the development of economics. Discusses paralysis; Darwin's wedge; no cash on the table; starving the beast—but which one; putting the positional consumption beast on a diet; perpetrators and victims; efficiency rules; ownership of money; success and luck; the great trade-off; taxing harmful activities; and the libertarian's objections reconsidered. Frank is an economics professor with the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Index.


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Ted Bergstrom of University of California, Santa Barbara


JEL Classifications

A12: Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
D01: Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
D72: Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior


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