Identity economics : how our identities shape our work, wages, and well-being /
Contributor(s): Kranton, Rachel EPublisher: Princeton, NJ Princeton University Press 2010Description: vi, 185 p. : ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 9780691146485(hbk.:alk.paper); Subject(s): Economics Psychological Aspects | Identity (psychology) | Economics Sociological Aspects | Wages Women | Well-being | Minorities | Education | Working WomenDDC classification: 306.3 AKE
Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Introduction - Identity economics - Identity and norms in utility - Where we fit into today's economics - Identity and the economics of organizations - Identity and the economics of education - Gender and work - Race and minority poverty - Identity economics and economic methodology - Conclusion, and five ways identity changes economics.
Identity Economics provides an important and compelling new way to understand human behavior, revealing how our identities--and not just economic incentives--influence our decisions. In 1995, economist Rachel Kranton wrote future Nobel Prize-winner George Akerlof a letter insisting that his most recent paper was wrong. Identity, she argued, was the missing element that would help to explain why people--facing the same economic circumstances--would make different choices. This was the beginning of a fourteen-year collaboration--and of Identity Economics.