- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press USA; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195073479
- ISBN-13: 978-0195073478
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Joyless Economy (Revised Edition): The Psychology of Human Satisfaction Paperback – 1 Jan 1976
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Tibor Scitovsky is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Stanford University.
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By showing that economics is based on culture, the whole concept of economics as a value free science gets undermined.
And, the book is readable for the non professional.
This book goes beyond challenging our most basic presumptions; it argues coherently, cohesively, and cogently that the summa bonum of human life is not merely choice, but the right choices that balance our conflicting desires for something "new" with our desire for "stability." Most theories gravitate toward one extreme or the other; Scitovsky demonstrates the Aristotlean "mean."
Sadly, this book is only available in hardback at and is very pricey. Not that this book isn't worth the high cost Oxford Press demands, rather that it will unfortunately limit widespread access to this treasure. For those wanting a preview of this book's contents, see "Critical Review" Vol 10, No.4.
Definitely worth a read, particularly if you have reservations about the neoclassical orthodoxy!
From a technical economic viewpoint, he fails to make his case forcefully enough to convince orthodox economists on their own turf, but that is to take nothing away from the strength and worth of the ideas.
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