Veblen in Plain English: A Complete Introduction to Thorstein Veblen's Economics
Cambria, 2006 - 144 páginas
This comprehensive introduction to Thorstein Veblen's economics, written by distinguished economist Dr. Ken McCormick, is intended for the student and the non-specialist. A complete interpretation of Veblen's work is presented and includes an analysis of instincts and institutions, technology, social and institutional change, and capital and business enterprise. In addition, consumer behavior, conspicuous leisure, status-driven consumption and its implications are also discussed in detail. The work also includes a Foreword by Dr. Rick Tilman, a noted Veblen scholar.
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In his view , both nature and nurture shape human behavior . Nature endows
humans with innate behavioral tendencies that Veblen called instincts . Instincts
are themselves subject to evolutionary change over long periods of time . Nurture
They have innate tendencies that cause them to act . Veblen defined instincts as “
the innate and persistent propensities of human nature ” [ 1914 , 2 ] . They are “
irreducible traits of human nature ” [ Ibid . 3 ] . Veblen was uncomfortable with the
This instinctive tendency in human nature was encouraged by the institution of
ownership and the commercial culture that measured success in terms of
accumulated wealth . The ethic of hard work and frugality gained acceptance as
a means ...
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This is a wonderful book! It reads very well gives you the basic outline for different topics that Veblen wrote on. Each topic will cover material from anything he wrote, not just looking at the theory of leisure class or the theory of the business enterprise in isolated. This book is especially import since Veblen's own way to right things can be very confusing, but McCormick makes Veblen easy to understand.
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