Economics, like most other social sciences, is not a pure discipline. Indeed, it has been enhanced by the fact that there is so much overlap between it and the related fields of business, industrial relations, political science, social psychology, and sociology. This book is the first attempt to explain how work in economics has influenced and benefited from a merging of economic analysis with the research practices of these related fields of study. With contributions from leading economists from around the world, it demonstrates how economics is leading the way toward a more unified social science.
Foreword, Jack Hirshleifer; 1. The Expansion and Reorientation of Economics, Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman and Christopher Clague; Part I. Comparing Research Methods; 2. Comparing the Methodologies Used by Statisticians and Economists for Research and Modeling, Clive W.J. Granger; 3. Modeling Economic Behavior with System Dynamics: Theory and Practice, Shlomo Maital; Part II. Comparing Ideas on Economic Development; 4. Imperialism and Competition in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and Economics: A Perspective from Development Economics, Vernon W. Ruttan; 5. The Political Economy of Economic Liberalization: Analytical Approaches from Economics and Political Science, Christopher Clague; Part III. Comparing Ideas on the Firm; 6. The Economic Approach to Personnel Research, Michael Gibbs and Alec Levenson; 7. Household Work and Market Work: Toward a New Model of Worker Absenteeism, Richard Peter Audas and John Graham Treble; Part IV. Comparing Ideas on Family and Church; 8. The Economics and Sociology of Marriage: Historical Trends and the Case of In-Marriage Household Labor, Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman; 9. A Demographer at the Cusp between Economics and Sociology: An Interview with David Heer, Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman; 10. A Marriage Made in Heaven: Economic Theory and Religious Studies, Laurence R. Iannaccone; Part V. Comparing Ideas on Individual and Collective Behavior; 11. On the Rationality of Cognitive Dissonance, Louis Levy-Garboua and Serge Blondel; 12. Economics and Collective Identity: Explaining Collective Action, Dipak K. Gupta; 13. Concluding Comments, Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman and Christopher Clague