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Rediscovering Social Economics : Beyond the Neoclassical Paradigm

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This book argues that economists need to reengage with societal issues, such as justice and fairness in distribution, that inevitably arise when discussing the basic economic problem of unlimited human wants and finite resources. Approaching the problem through a history of economic thought, Johnson reexamines Adam Smith's contributions to show how they reach beyond neoclassical models that are too simplistic to reflect the growing interdependencies of market economies. He breaks down supposedly value-free neoclassical postulates to expose normative assumptions about economics and justice, demonstrating, for example, that the concept of market equilibrium is problematic because need-based behavior can produce involuntary unemployment even when a competitive labor market achieves equilibrium.
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  • Paperback | 191 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 11.18mm | 278g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
  • 25 Illustrations, color; 7 Illustrations, black and white; XV, 191 p. 32 illus., 25 illus. in color.
  • 331984606X
  • 9783319846064

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This book argues that economists need to reengage with societal issues, such as justice and fairness in distribution, that inevitably arise when discussing the basic economic problem of unlimited human wants and finite resources. Approaching the problem through a history of economic thought, Johnson reexamines Adam Smith's contributions to show how they reach beyond neoclassical models that are too simplistic to reflect the growing interdependencies of market economies. He breaks down supposedly value-free neoclassical postulates to expose normative assumptions about economics and justice, demonstrating, for example, that the concept of market equilibrium is problematic because need-based behavior can produce involuntary unemployment even when a competitive labor market achieves equilibrium.
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Table of contents

Part I. HUMANS, SOCIETY AND MARKETSChapter 1. The Foundations of Economics Chapter 2. The Political and Moral Dimension of Economics Chapter 3. The Moral and Social Problem of ScarcityChapter 4. Social Welfare, Markets and Efficiency Chapter 5. Understanding Human Choice Chapter 6. Challenges to Homo Economicus Part II. INCOME DISTRIBUTION: LABOR AND FINANCIAL MARKETS Chapter 8. The Supply of Labor Chapter 10. Labor Market Equilibrium? Chapter 11. The Mondragon Alternative Chapter 12. Financial Markets and the Growth of PlutonomiesChapter 13. The Evolving Dialogue
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About Roger D. Johnson

Roger D. Johnson is a retired Professor of Economics from Messiah College, USA. He earned the Helen Potter Award from the Association for Social Economics for best article appearing in the Review of Social Economics in 1990.
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