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    DescriptionWe make choices all the time - about trivial matters, about how to spend our money, about how to spend our time, about what to do with our lives. And we are also constantly judging the decisions other people make as rational or irrational. But what kind of criteria are we applying when we say that a choice is rational? What guides our own choices, especially in cases where we don't have complete information about the outcomes? What strategies should be applied in making decisions which affect a lot of people, as in the case of government policy? This book explores what it means to be rational in all these contexts. It introduces ideas from economics, philosophy, and other areas, showing how the theory applies to decisions in everyday life, and to particular situations such as gambling and the allocation of resources. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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    Title
    Choice Theory: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Allingham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 113 mm
    Height: 178 mm
    Thickness: 9 mm
    Weight: 121 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780192803030
    ISBN 10: 0192803034
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JMH, KCA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PBUD
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BISAC V2.8: BUS069030
    BIC subject category V2: GPQ
    DC22: 301.01, 301/.01
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: PHI007000
    DC21: 302.13
    LC classification: HM495 .A448 2002
    Thema V1.0: JMH, KCA, GPQ, PBUD
    Illustrations note
    5 halftones, numerous figures
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    28 November 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Michael Allingham is a Fellow and the Senior Tutor at Magdalen College, Oxford. He read natural philosophy and then political economy at the University of Edinburgh and subsequently taught at a number of universities in the United Kingdom and the United States; he has also held visiting positions at universities in Italy, France and Austria. His previous books include Equilibrium and Disequilibrium, General Equilibrium, Value, Unconscious Contracts, Theory of Markets, and Rational Choice.
    Review quote
    a spirited and efficient welcome for newcomers should brighten many minds already much immersed - make them newcomers again. Sydney Afriat, University of Siena
    Table of contents
    1. Choice and desire ; 2. Reason and rationality ; 3. Racing and roulette ; 4. Gambling and insurance ; 5. Conflict and cooperation ; 6. Democracy and Dictatorship